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 winningly (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for winning

Synonyms: Adjective

adorable, darling, dear, disarming, endearing, lovable (also loveable), lovesome, precious, sweet, winsome

Antonyms: Adjective

abhorrent, abominable, detestable, hateful, loathsome, odious, unlovable

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Examples of winning in a Sentence


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

The industry must be hoping the next winning project goes more smoothly than the first one. Jon Chesto,, "Feds’ delay puts crucial tax credit in jeopardy for Vineyard Wind," 14 Aug. 2019 However, Nasri and Arshavin had their excellent moments in an Arsenal shirt, while Ramsey will forever be remembered for his winning goals in two FA Cup finals (and also turning down United to join)., "Ranking Every Arsenal Summer Transfer Window Since 2002," 11 Aug. 2019 Last year’s winner was Stacey Walters of Seward, who caught his winning 16.73-pound silver while fishing aboard a boat at the head of Resurrection Bay. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "As fall nears, fishing focus turns to cohos," 9 Aug. 2019 Those winnings can only be used to acquire accouterments—a fast car, cool threads, powerful weapons—but can never convert into dollars. Noam Cohen, WIRED, "Shoot-'Em-Up Videogames Don't Warp Minds—Big Tech Does," 8 Aug. 2019 The time to find a winning strategy is running out, and going after Trump could drive fundraising and buzz. Lissandra Villa/detroit, Time, "The Second Democratic Debates Could Be All About Trump's Racist Tweets," 31 July 2019 Far more winning is Rick’s conversation with a child star (Julia Butters), an eight-year-old adherent of the Method. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Quentin Tarantino Tweaks History in “Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood”," 26 July 2019 Despite all the recent winning, there’s a possibility the Giants will find the need to move Bumgarner and other players at the deadline, including closer Will Smith, who pitched the ninth and 10th innings. John Shea,, "Giants beat Cubs in 13: walkoff homer for Sandoval, no-decision for Bumgarner," 24 July 2019 South Carolina has been a solid SEC program the past three seasons under coach Will Muschamp, producing winning seasons and earning bowl bids. Edgar Thompson,, "2019 College Football Rankings: No. 35 South Carolina strives to build on success, move up in SEC," 21 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Michael Phelps swam into history as the winningest Olympic athlete ever with his 10th and 11th career gold medals., "This day in history," 13 Aug. 2019 That’s one of the many post-racing adventures for the all-time winningest female skier in World Cup history. Pat Graham, The Denver Post, "Lindsey Vonn still going at top speed in retirement," 8 Aug. 2019 The game will match former U.S. national team coaches Bob Bradley and Bruce Arena, longtime friends and the two winningest active managers in MLS. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, "Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s yellow card tally will keep him out for Galaxy versus Atlanta," 2 Aug. 2019 Still, if either the bondholders or the current stockholders prevail in their fight for control, the winning side could make a lot of money. J.d. Morris,, "Why hedge funds are fighting for control of PG&E — and what it means for you," 23 July 2019 Cerrone, the winningest fighter in UFC history, showed Hernandez the value of a methodical, tactical approach, earning a second-round TKO. Greg Luca,, "San Antonio native Alexander Hernandez earns decision win to highlight UFC Fight Night," 21 July 2019 People of all ages, genders, and nationalities were squished and jostling about Broadway to cheer on the Women’s World Cup’s winningest team. Meyrem Bulucek, Vogue, "USA! Equal Pay! Inside the U.S. Women’s National Team Ticker-Tape Parade in New York," 11 July 2019 The Wolverines’ opening victory, 9-8 over California, gave Michigan its winningest season to date, with 36 wins. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan baseball's epic history at the College World Series," 22 June 2019 Popovich, 70, is the winningest coach in NBA history with 1,245 victories, and his 23-year tenure is the longest active stretch of any U.S. major sports league. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, "Spurs coach Gregg Popovich sends San Antonio mansion to market," 26 July 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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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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