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 winning (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for winning

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 Atlanta stopped a four-game skid while ending Washington’s four-game winning streak, which had bumped the Nationals into first place in the underachieving NL East. Ben Nuckols, ajc, "Two-way star: Braves' Ynoa hits slam, slams door on Nats," 5 May 2021 After a Denver timeout, Davis blocked Facundo Campazzo's 3-point attempt to end any hopes of a Nuggets' comeback and end their five-game winning streak. Joe Reedy, Star Tribune, "Davis scores 25 as short-handed Lakers defeat Nuggets 93-89," 4 May 2021 Jacob Kruswicki delivered the big blow, a grand slam, to end Corona’s 11-game winning streak. Eric Sondheimer Columnist, Los Angeles Times, "Roundup: Juju Watkins of Windward scores 44 points in return from injury in girls’ basketball," 4 May 2021 The Portland Trail Blazers’ four-game winning streak ended in a hailstorm of three-point baskets in Atlanta on Monday night. oregonlive, "Portland Trail Blazers’ winning streak halted by Atlanta Hawks’ sharpshooting duo of Gallinari and Bogdanovic during 123-114 defeat: Game rewind," 4 May 2021 Tuukka Rask stopped 20 shots for his second shutout of the season and Nick Ritchie broke a scoreless tie in the second period as the Bruins won their fourth straight game and ended the Devils’ three-game winning streak. Tom Canavan,, "Bergeron, Bruins blank Devils to clinch playoff spot," 3 May 2021 For the moment, their season and playoff hopes come down to creating a four-game winning streak, and getting help from teams playing the St. Louis Blues this week and next. Jose M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, "With playoffs chances slim, Coyotes taking 'Game 7' mentality into final week of season," 3 May 2021 Olson anchored a strong top half of the order during the A’s 13-game winning streak. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, "Lopsided inning sinks A's in loss to Orioles," 1 May 2021 Ending the year with a four-game winning streak, River Hill finished with a 6-2 record. Brent Kennedy,, "Howard County fall JV programs navigate successful return after lengthy hiatus," 30 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective While disappearing in obscurity, Doren went on to become America's darling and Twenty-One's most winning contestant. Lynette Rice,, "Herb Stempel, the whistleblower portrayed in 'Quiz Show,' dies at 93," 31 May 2020 Catching a trophy fish in Alaska is memory making; neglecting to buy a derby ticket and then landing a potentially winning fish is heartbreaking. Josh Niva, Anchorage Daily News, "Casting call: Urban and remote Alaska are where fishing dreams come true," 28 May 2020 Immediately identifiable by its sliding-latch action and separated barrels, the K-80 has proven an extremely durable performer and one of the most popular and winningest guns among high-end buyers. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, "The 10 Best Trap Guns Ever," 5 May 2020 The Blazers return 18 starters from the 2019 C-USA Western Division title team and is the winningest program in Conference USA since returning to the field in 2017. Evan Dudley, al, "UAB and Troy renew football series for 2028-2029," 1 May 2020 The all-time winningest competitive Call of Duty player felt helpless two weeks ago. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "Update: Dallas Empire stars share optimism about updated Call of Duty League servers after initial worry," 23 Apr. 2020 Months later, in November, her winning margins among young voters in states like Michigan and Pennsylvania were narrower than Barack Obama's in 2012. 5. Jennifer De Pinto, CBS News, "How Joe Biden became the presumptive Democratic nominee — polling analysis," 8 Apr. 2020 The actress has become a tastemaker thanks to her winning street style. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Katie Holmes Revisits the Classic Kerchief," 19 Mar. 2020 Oklahoma won 109 games and L.S.U. earned 101 victories while Michigan, the winningest program in college football history, managed just 85. Alan Blinder, New York Times, "L.S.U. and Oklahoma Both Seek to End Title Game Droughts," 27 Dec. 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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The first known use of winning was in the 14th century

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7 May 2021

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“Winning.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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