win·​ning | \ ˈwi-niŋ How to pronounce winning (audio) \

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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winningly \ ˈwi-​niŋ-​lē How to pronounce winningly (audio) \ adverb

Examples of winning in a Sentence

Adjective 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 And given that the owner/general manager places the business of making headlines right alongside that of winning, who can say with certainty that any of this is silly at all? Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas News, "No, the Dallas Cowboys wouldn’t be totally nuts to consider Dak Prescott vs. Tom Brady," 12 Feb. 2020 Michigan State's director of athletics Bill Beekman could offer more cash, conference prestige and tradition of recent high-level winning. Fletcher Page,, "Another story about how much Luke Fickell means to the University of Cincinnati," 10 Feb. 2020 How else could a man so rich possibly convert those Amazon winnings? Alison Griswold, Quartz, "Jeff Bezos is finding he can spend money on things other than space travel," 9 Feb. 2020 Those losses have become other traders’ winnings, luring many more into the fray. Gregory Zuckerman, WSJ, "The Agony of the Tesla Bears: $8.4 Billion of Losses in Five Weeks," 9 Feb. 2020 That whole winning with humility and losing with grace idea is a work in progress. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Freed of impeachment, Trump’s TV appearances put the bully in the bully pulpit," 6 Feb. 2020 Bellarmine men's basketball saw its 14-game winning streak end in dramatic fashion in an 81-76 overtime loss to the University of Indianapolis Monday night. Kelly Ward, The Courier-Journal, "Bellarmine's win streak snapped in overtime loss to University of Indianapolis," 21 Jan. 2020 Jennings’ victory brings his Jeopardy! winnings total, including tournaments, to $4,370,700. Tyler Aquilina,, "It's official: Ken Jennings is the greatest Jeopardy! contestant of all time," 15 Jan. 2020 That was the first of 25 consecutive winning seasons for Friendswood before an 11-11-5 campaign in 2018. Ted Dunnam, Houston Chronicle, "Boys’ soccer: Friendswood’s Stephen Peter earns Hall of Honor induction," 13 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Tucker succeeds Mark Dantonio, the school’s all-time winningest coach, who retired less than two weeks ago., "Miami dominates Boston College in men’s college basketball," 13 Feb. 2020 Reid came into the game as the winningest coach in N.F.L. history not to have won a Super Bowl. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "In Super Bowl LIV, Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs Won More Than the 49ers Lost," 3 Feb. 2020 The Chiefs head coach entered Sunday as the winningest coach in N.F.L. history to have never won a Super Bowl. Benjamin Hoffman, New York Times, "What We Learned in Kansas City’s Super Bowl Victory," 3 Feb. 2020 Now in her 36th year as the Michigan softball coach, Hutchins is the winningest coach in NCAA history. Daniel Dash, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan softball: Five things to watch in Carol Hutchins' 36th season as coach," 30 Jan. 2020 The winningest coach in Indiana history, Bud has connections with football personalities all over the country, including ties to Allen’s father, Tom Allen Sr. Stefan Krajisnik, Indianapolis Star, "He won titles at Warren Central, Carmel; now Kevin Wright wants to be part of IU turnaround," 28 Jan. 2020 Reid is the winningest head coach in NFL history without a Super Bowl victory - his lone previous appearance came after the 2004 season with the Eagles, who lost to the New England Patriots. Matt Kawahara,, "How a 49ers vs. Chiefs Super Bowl would look: Could they stop Mahomes?," 19 Jan. 2020 Rivera was the winningest coach in franchise history and was twice named AP NFL coach of the year. Los Angeles Times, "NFL news: Panthers to hire Baylor’s Matt Rhule; Giants near deal with Joe Judge," 7 Jan. 2020 Dustin Johnson, the winningest player of this generation, with 20 PGA Tour titles, has a winning rate of 7.7 percent., "Tiger Woods is now tied with Sam Snead, and no one else is close - The Boston Globe," 29 Oct. 2019

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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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“Winning.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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