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

Other Words from winning


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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Now, Boyce is happy to be batting third for the Redhawks (20-5, 11-4), who are riding a 10-game winning streak in earning a share of the DuPage Valley Conference title. Patrick Z. Mcgavin, Chicago Tribune, 17 May 2022 During the team's shocking seven-game winning streak in November and December, Mathews averaged 16.1 points and 3.4 rebounds per game, shooting 52.2% from the floor and an absolutely scorching 44.8% from 3 on 8.3 attempts per game. Rahat Huq, Chron, 16 May 2022 Paul played a pivotal role in the Suns having a historic season that included a franchise record 18-game winning streak. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 16 May 2022 If there were any questions about whether Swiatek deserved to be handed the No. 1 ranking when Ash Barty suddenly retired two months ago, that debate has subsided during Swiatek’s 28-match winning streak. Andrew Dampf, ajc, 16 May 2022 The Guardians are 71-54 in the Ohio Cup and are on a four-game winning streak against the Reds. Joe Harrington, The Enquirer, 16 May 2022 That was followed by a 10-game winning streak from Aug. 24-Sept. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, 15 May 2022 Cleber Esquivel scored on a free kick at the 23:45 mark of the first half for Pelham (23-4-1), which had its 11-match winning streak snapped. Reports, al, 14 May 2022 Del Lago came into the finals on the crest of an eight-match winning streak. Terry Monahan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Skinner is far more winning and sympathetic in his underdog role, while Lumley, despite her brash efforts, is not well-served by her underdeveloped part. Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, 29 Sep. 2021 While disappearing in obscurity, Doren went on to become America's darling and Twenty-One's most winning contestant. Lynette Rice,, 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, 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, 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, 1 May 2020 The all-time winningest competitive Call of Duty player felt helpless two weeks ago. Sean Collins, Dallas News, 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, 8 Apr. 2020 The actress has become a tastemaker thanks to her winning street style. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 19 Mar. 2020 See More

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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 23 May. 2022.

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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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