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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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Since then, it's been nothing but gold for the red, white and blue — a winning streak that encompasses 12 events, eight swimmers and six Olympics. Paul Newberry, Star Tribune, 10 June 2021 After coming in with a 6-game winning streak, No. 8 Silver Creek saw its season end to regional host Southridge in a 11-inning, 2-1 loss. Phillip Steinmetz, The Courier-Journal, 7 June 2021 This is unlike the left-hander, who is known for working quickly and throwing strikes, and his poor night sunk the Giants’ chances of extending their winning streak to five. Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 June 2021 In Glavine’s seventh season at Northeastern, the Huskies tied the program record for wins (36) and rattled off a 20-game winning streak to earn a second NCAA appearance in three years., 31 May 2021 The Dream extended their winning streak to 4 games with a 90-87 OT win behind the late heroics of guard Courtney Williams. Erica L. Ayala, Forbes, 31 May 2021 The Russell 2000 index of small companies, for example, has risen for eight consecutive months, its longest winning streak since 1995. Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, 28 May 2021 Howard doesn’t see why the Buccaneers can’t continue their winning streak into the 2021 campaign. Mark Inabinett |, al, 27 May 2021 The Royals had nine shutouts in the winning streak and 14 for the season. Craig Handel,, 25 May 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,, 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 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, 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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12 Jun 2021

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“Winning.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 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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