Definition of winning in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈwiniNG/


1 [attributive] Gaining, resulting in, or relating to victory in a contest or competition: a winning streak
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  • Benfleet kept on the winning trail with victory over lowly Epping at Woodside Park by six wickets.
  • He has since embarked on a winning streak courtesy of his grit, tenacity and persistent style.
  • You obviously know the rules so let's see if your lucky break becomes a winning streak.
victorious, successful, triumphant, vanquishing, conquering;
first, first-place, top, leading
2Attractive; endearing: a winning smile
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  • With her winning smile and bright blue eyes, Kate Walsh was a young girl with everything going for her.
  • The wicked mix of an acerbic tongue and a winning smile means holding grudges is nigh impossible.
  • I look round, expecting to see some six foot Adonis with a winning smile and an easy charm.


1 (winnings) Money won, especially by gambling: he went to collect his winnings
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  • The most immediate way is purchasing the car outright using the prize money from your winnings.
  • Martin told the FBI the money came from gambling winnings and was lent to the players.
  • As an amateur, she was ineligible for prize money, and her winnings were donated to the Special Olympics.
prize money, gains, prize, booty, spoils, loot;
proceeds, profits, earnings, takings, purse
2 Mining A shaft or pit together with the apparatus for extracting coal or other minerals.



Pronunciation: /ˈwiniNGlē/
Example sentences
  • But far from ruin the picture, this lack of chemistry almost adds to it - it may not be as slick as MI - 2 but there is something winningly amateurish about the fumbled stunts and ill-concealed tensions between the cast.
  • He cheers her up, she calms him down, and together they manage to be sincere, cool and winningly goofy at the same time.
  • One of those tiny lion-dog things (they never get very big, but I think he can't have been more than a puppy), a tad hyperactive, and irritatingly fond of gnawing at the bottom of my moleskins… but winningly cute.

Words that rhyme with winning

beginning, inning, thinning, twinning, underpinning

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Syllabification: win·ning

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