win·ning | \ˈwi-niŋ \

Definition of winning 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the act of one that wins : victory

2 : something won: such as

a : a captured territory : conquest

b : money won by success in a game or competition usually used in plural



Definition of winning (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : of or relating to winning : that wins the winning ticket

b : successful especially in competition a winning team

2 : tending to please or delight a winning personality

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Other Words from winning


winningly \ˈwi-niŋ-lē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for winning

Synonyms: Adjective

adorable, darling, dear, disarming, endearing, lovable (also loveable), lovesome, precious, sweet, winsome

Antonyms: Adjective

abhorrent, abominable, detestable, hateful, loathsome, odious, unlovable

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Examples of winning in a Sentence


She scored the winning goal. They were a winning marketing team. Chocolate and mint is a winning combination.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In the past 10 seasons, the Lions have had a winning record going into the bye four times. George Stoia, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions must do these five things to make NFL playoffs in 2018," 28 June 2018 Meanwhile, in 2018 at the All-Star break, the winning continues. Matthew Wilson, USA TODAY, "'Astroball': How the Houston Astros climbed from baseball's basement to champions," 13 July 2018 With the recent winning surge, there’s more confidence that this version of the Reds is much closer to a team that could eventually compete for a playoff spot. Bobby Nightengale,, "Reds Beat Blog: Will the Reds be sellers or stand pat at the trade deadline?," 9 July 2018 The ValleyCats put together three singles and a hit batter off IronBirds reliever Juan Echevarria (0-2) to produce the winning runs. Randy Mcroberts, The Aegis, "Aberdeen sees 4th straight win slip away in ninth inning," 8 July 2018 His winning photo bursts with activity: Birds pack together in dense clusters on the ground and soar through the air, the gorgeous blue of their outstretched wings lighting up the image. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Peep the Stunning Winners of the Audubon Society’s Photo Contest," 6 July 2018 And with England now well immersed into the business end of this summer’s World Cup, altering a winning outfit could come back to haunt Southgate., "90min World Cup Fan Diaries: How a Subtle Change Could Turn England From Dreamers to Conquerors," 4 July 2018 The performance was well-timed, coming amid so much conversation around West’s extra-musical antics and in the wake of Kendrick Lamar’s recent winning of the Pulitzer Prize for Music, typically reserved for classical composers. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "What Classical Music Can Learn From Kanye West," 2 July 2018 Semenya has long been a lightning rod for complaints on this issue, facing gender tests as opponents questioned her winning times. David Wharton,, "Track federation vows to fight for new rule barring female athletes with naturally high testosterone," 19 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

For context, Roger Federer, the winningest men’s tennis player in the sport’s history, claimed the Orange Bowl title at age 17. Katherine Fominykh,, "Five things to know about Riverdale's tennis phenom, Frances Tiafoe," 7 July 2018 Pfeiffer leaves as the winningest player in program history with 110 victories. Logan Malloy, Daily Southtown, "Full with Phelan: Tom Phelan helps Brother Rice feast on Marist at the end in reaching the sectional final," 26 May 2018 The schedule could feature games against seven of the 10 winningest programs in college basketball history, and Louisville could end up playing six regular-season conference champions and 15 teams that played in the NCAA Tournament. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville basketball's 2018-19 schedule taking shape," 29 June 2018 The two winningest programs in college softball, who have combined for 19 of 35 WCWS, met in a Super Regional for the first time ever. Arizona Daily Star, azcentral, "Arizona softball routed by UCLA in opening game of super regional," 24 May 2018 Having the top two winningest programs in college basketball puts the Kansas-Kentucky game in the national spotlight and the Big 12/SEC Challenge and Champions Classic has allowed this game to happen much more the past few years. Gary Bedore, kansascity, "Bluebloods Kansas, Kentucky becoming familiar foes in basketball | The Kansas City Star," 24 May 2018 CovCath was 35-4 this season and is the winningest program in Kentucky the past five seasons. James Weber,, "Announcing the 2017-2018 Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky High School Winter All-Stars," 2 May 2018 Two of the winningest programs in college football history will square off starting in the 2028 season. Scooby Axson,, "Notre Dame, Alabama Set For Home and Home Series In 2028, 2029," 19 Apr. 2018 It's become one of the winningest programs in Houston at 100-14 since 2010 with six district titles and two state championship game appearances. Adam Coleman, Houston Chronicle, "Kevin Hall named head coach at Manvel," 6 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of winning


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of winning

: relating to or producing a win

: successful at something

: pleasing or attractive to other people


win·ning | \ˈwi-niŋ\

Kids Definition of winning

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the act of a person or people who win

2 : something won especially in gambling often used in pl.



Kids Definition of winning (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : being someone or something that wins, has won, or wins often a winning candidate a winning ticket

2 : tending to please or delight a winning smile

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to reject or criticize sharply

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