What does winning mean?

Definitions for winning
ˈwɪn ɪŋwin·ning

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. winningadjective

    succeeding with great difficulty

    "winning is not everything"

  2. victorious, winningadjective

    having won

    "the victorious entry"; "the winning team"

  3. fetching, taking, winningadjective

    very attractive; capturing interest

    "a fetching new hairstyle"; "something inexpressibly taking in his manner"; "a winning personality"


  1. winningadjective

    That constitutes a win.

  2. winningadjective

    That leads to success.

    a winning formula, strategy, etc.

  3. winningadjective


    a winning smile

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Winningnoun

    The sum won.

    Etymology: from win.

    A simile in one of Congreve’s prologues compares a writer to a buttering gamester, that stakes all his winnings upon every cast; so that if he loses the last throw, he is sure to be undone. Joseph Addison, Freeholder.

  2. Winningparticipial adj.

    Attractive; charming.

    Etymology: from win.

    Yet less fair,
    Less winning soft, less amiably mild,
    Than that smooth wat’ry image. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    On her, as queen,
    A pomp of winning graces waited still;
    And from about her shot darts of desire
    Into all eyes, to wish her still in sight. John Milton, Parad. Lost.

    Cato’s soul
    Shines out in every thing she acts or speaks,
    While winning mildness and attractive smiles
    Dwell in her looks, and with becoming grace
    Soften the rigour of her father’s virtues. Joseph Addison, Cato.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Winning

    of Win

  2. Winningadjective

    attracting; adapted to gain favor; charming; as, a winning address

  3. Winningnoun

    the act of obtaining something, as in a contest or by competition

  4. Winningnoun

    the money, etc., gained by success in competition or contest, esp, in gambling; -- usually in the plural

  5. Winningnoun

    a new opening

  6. Winningnoun

    the portion of a coal field out for working


  1. Winning

    Winning is a 1969 American motion picture starring Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. A number of racecar drivers and people associated with racing appear in the film, including Bobby Unser, Tony Hulman, Bobby Grim, Dan Gurney, Roger McCluskey, and Bruce Walkup.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Winning

    win′ing, adj. and n.n. Win′ner.—adv. Win′ningly. [Win.]

Editors Contribution

  1. winningadjective

    Gaming Machines; If a machine or entity knows the quantum of your bet, and that machine or entity makes a payment to you under the heading of a win it is only true if the payment is greater than the wager.

    Gaming Machines; If a machine or entity knows the quantum of your bet, and that machine or entity makes a payment to you under the heading of a "win" it is only true if the payment is greater than the wager. EG; You win $20, however you bet $60 the machine or entity cannot pass of the $20 payment as a "win" when your net position is down by $40 or your Net position remains the same.

    Submitted by swroyce on April 4, 2022  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'winning' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3164

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'winning' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4001

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of winning in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of winning in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of winning in a Sentence

  1. Dmitry Balyasny:

    It is no fun to work at a place if you are not winning.

  2. Anthony Davis:

    You know, 10-11. I mean, we could go on a 10-game winning streak … now the narrative is different, you know, 10-game winning streak, we're 20-11. Now we'll shut everybody up. But it's on us. We're going to have to do it. It's not just going to be easy.

  3. Kazuto Suzuki:

    This is a very politically sensitive time, and Suga wants to use the Olympics as a stepping stone for his success in the election, japan’s success in the Olympics and winning gold medals, and the Japanese people cheering and rooting for the Japanese athletes. Those kind of things are working positively for Suga.

  4. United States:

    You can have the most talented people working for you, you can have the most talented players playing on the team, but if there is no collective one, if there is no collective goal, no team and no business can be successful with a poor culture, and in every successful team, nothing becomes bigger than winning. And when things and other things become bigger than performing and the will to win, that is when the culture is no longer good enough.

  5. Eric Swalwell:

    I don't want to do it half-assed, i would want it to be a serious campaign that could be a winning campaign.

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