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winning

[win-ing] /ˈwɪn ɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act of a person or thing that wins.
2.
Usually, winnings. something that is won, especially money.
3.
Mining.
  1. any opening by which coal is being or has been extracted.
  2. a bed of coal ready for mining.
adjective
4.
that wins; successful or victorious, as in a contest:
the winning team.
5.
charming; engaging; pleasing:
a winning child; a winning smile.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English (noun); see win, -ing1, -ing2
Related forms
winningly, adverb
winningness, noun
unwinning, adjective
Synonyms
5. captivating, attractive, winsome.
Antonyms
1, 4. losing. 5. repulsive.

win1

[win] /wɪn/
verb (used without object), won, winning.
1.
to finish first in a race, contest, or the like.
2.
to succeed by striving or effort:
He applied for a scholarship and won.
3.
to gain the victory; overcome an adversary:
The home team won.
4.
Slang. to be successful or competent and be acknowledged for it:
My sister wins at getting the biggest bargains.
Compare fail (def 9).
verb (used with object), won, winning.
5.
to succeed in reaching (a place, condition, etc.), especially by great effort:
They won the shore through a violent storm.
6.
to get by effort, as through labor, competition, or conquest:
He won his post after years of striving.
7.
to gain (a prize, fame, etc.).
8.
to be successful in (a game, battle, etc.).
9.
to make (one's way), as by effort or ability.
10.
to attain or reach (a point, goal, etc.).
11.
to gain (favor, love, consent, etc.), as by qualities or influence.
12.
to gain the favor, regard, or adherence of.
13.
to gain the consent or support of; persuade (often followed by over):
The speech won them over to our side.
14.
to persuade to marry; gain in marriage.
15.
British Mining.
  1. to obtain (ore, coal, etc.).
  2. to prepare (a vein, bed, mine, etc.) for working, by means of shafts or the like.
noun
16.
a victory, as in a game or horse race.
17.
the position of the competitor who comes in first in a horse race, harness race, etc.
Compare place (def 27b), show (def 27).
18.
Slang.
  1. a success, or something good:
    She was having a bad week, so she really needed a win.
    Compare fail (def 14a).
  2. the state or quality of being successful or good:
    There was so much win in last night’s episode!
    Compare fail (def 14b).
adjective
19.
Slang.
  1. successful or competent.
    Compare fail (def 19b).
  2. very good or of high quality; awesome:
    To hear him play, now that was win!
    Compare fail (def 19c).
interjection
20.
Slang. (used to acknowledge success, competence, etc.):
I just got tickets to the concert. Win!
Verb phrases
21.
win out, to win or succeed, especially over great odds; triumph:
His finer nature finally won out.
Idioms
22.
for the win, Slang. (used to express enthusiasm for someone or something that is very good, likely to succeed, etc.):
a plant-based diet, for the win!
Origin
before 900; Middle English winnen (v.), Old English winnan to work, fight, bear; cognate with German gewinnen, Old Norse vinna, Gothic winnan
Related forms
winnable, adjective
Synonyms
6. obtain, secure, acquire, achieve, reach, procure. See gain1 . 13. convince.

win2

[win] /wɪn/
verb (used with object), winned, winning. Scot. and North England
1.
to dry (hay, wood, etc.) by exposure to air and sun.
Origin
1550-60; perhaps variant of winnow
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Examples for winning
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  • The winning family can select hours of participation, depending on interest and ages.
British Dictionary definitions for winning

winning

/ˈwɪnɪŋ/
adjective
1.
(of a person, character, etc) charming, engaging, or attractive winning ways, a winning smile
2.
gaining victory the winning stroke
noun
3.
  1. a shaft or seam of coal
  2. the extraction of coal or ore from the ground
4.
(pl) money, prizes, or valuables won, esp in gambling
Derived Forms
winningly, adverb
winningness, noun

win1

/wɪn/
verb wins, winning, won
1.
(intransitive) to achieve first place in a competition
2.
(transitive) to gain or receive (a prize, first place, etc) in a competition
3.
(transitive) to succeed in or gain (something) with an effort we won recognition
4.
win one's spurs
  1. to achieve recognition in some field of endeavour
  2. (history) to be knighted
5.
to gain victory or triumph in (a battle, argument, etc)
6.
(transitive) to earn or procure (a living, etc) by work
7.
(transitive) to take possession of, esp violently; capture the Germans never won Leningrad
8.
when intr, foll by out, through, etc. to reach with difficulty (a desired condition or position) or become free, loose, etc, with effort the boat won the shore, the boat won through to the shore
9.
(transitive) to turn someone into (a supporter, enemy, etc) you have just won an ally
10.
(transitive) to gain (the sympathy, loyalty, etc) of someone
11.
(transitive) to obtain (a woman, etc) in marriage
12.
(transitive)
  1. to extract (ore, coal, etc) from a mine
  2. to extract (metal or other minerals) from ore
  3. to discover and make (a mineral deposit) accessible for mining
13.
(informal) you can't win, an expression of resignation after an unsuccessful attempt to overcome difficulties
noun
14.
(informal) a success, victory, or triumph
15.
profit; winnings
16.
the act or fact of reaching the finishing line or post first
See also win out
Derived Forms
winnable, adjective
Word Origin
Old English winnan; related to Old Norse vinna, German gewinnen

win2

/wɪn/
verb (transitive) (Irish & Scot, Northern English, dialect) wins, winning, won, winned
1.
to dry (grain, hay, peat, etc) by exposure to sun and air
2.
a less common word for winnow
Word Origin
Old English, perhaps a variant of winnow
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Word Origin and History for winning

win

v.

fusion of Old English winnan "struggle for, work at, strive, fight," and gewinnan "to gain or succeed by struggling, to win," both from Proto-Germanic *wenwanan (cf. Old Saxon winnan, Old Norse vinna, Old Frisian winna, Dutch winnen "to gain, win," Danish vinde "to win," Old High German winnan "to strive, struggle, fight," German gewinnen "to gain, win," Gothic gawinnen "to suffer, toil"). Perhaps related to wish, or from PIE *van- "overcome, conquer." Related: Won; winning.

Sense of "to be victorious" is recorded from c.1300. Breadwinner preserves the sense of "toil" in Old English winnan. Phrase you can't win them all (1954) first attested in Raymond Chandler. Winningest is attested by 1804.

n.

Old English winn "labor, strife, conflict," from the source of win (v.). Modern sense of "a victory in a game or contest" is first attested 1862, from the verb.

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Related Abbreviations for winning

WIN

  1. Weight-control Information Network
  2. Whip Inflation Now
  3. within (shortwave transmission)
  4. Work Incentive program
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