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 Hartford takes a seven-game winning streak and a 56-33 overall record into their six-game series this week against the Portland Sea Dogs, the Red Sox’s affiliate, at Dunkin Donuts Park. Dom Amore, Hartford Courant, 25 July 2022 Fan participation seems to play a part for the Tigers, who haven’t lost a home game since 2016 for the nation’s longest current winning streak at 34 games. David Thompson, The Courier-Journal, 24 July 2022 Kyle Tucker and Yuli Gurriel hit RBI doubles in the fourth to help the Astros to their fourth consecutive win and send Seattle to its second straight loss after a 14-game winning streak. Chron, 23 July 2022 The foursome extended the American’s gold-medal winning streak in the event to seven at the Olympics. Eddie Pells,, 22 July 2022 Sir Charles should know, though, that patience is in short supply throughout the SEC and especially at Auburn, which fired its last coach after eight consecutive winning seasons. Blake Toppmeyer, USA TODAY, 21 July 2022 They were named Baseball America's High School National Champion in 2021 and currently hold a 65-game winning streak. Contact Tony Garcia at Tony Garcia, Detroit Free Press, 18 July 2022 Linfield’s record-setting streak of consecutive winning seasons, which remains active at 65, began under Durham. oregonlive, 6 June 2022 Fratello still had five consecutive winning seasons, but couldn’t survive the first round of the playoffs. Terry Pluto, cleveland, 5 June 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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30 Jul 2022

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More Definitions for winning


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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