- the act of a person or thing that wins.
- Usually winnings. something that is won, especially money.
- any opening by which coal is being or has been extracted.
- a bed of coal ready for mining.
- that wins; successful or victorious, as in a contest: the winning team.
- charming; engaging; pleasing: a winning child; a winning smile.
Origin of winning
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- to finish first in a race, contest, or the like.
- to succeed by striving or effort: He applied for a scholarship and won.
- to gain the victory; overcome an adversary: The home team won.
- Slang. to be successful or competent and be acknowledged for it: My sister wins at getting the biggest bargains.Compare fail(def 9).
- to succeed in reaching (a place, condition, etc.), especially by great effort: They won the shore through a violent storm.
- to get by effort, as through labor, competition, or conquest: He won his post after years of striving.
- to gain (a prize, fame, etc.).
- to be successful in (a game, battle, etc.).
- to make (one's way), as by effort or ability.
- to attain or reach (a point, goal, etc.).
- to gain (favor, love, consent, etc.), as by qualities or influence.
- to gain the favor, regard, or adherence of.
- to gain the consent or support of; persuade (often followed by over): The speech won them over to our side.
- to persuade to marry; gain in marriage.
- British Mining.
- to obtain (ore, coal, etc.).
- to prepare (a vein, bed, mine, etc.) for working, by means of shafts or the like.
- a victory, as in a game or horse race.
- the position of the competitor who comes in first in a horse race, harness race, etc.Compare place(def 27b), show(def 27).
- Slang. (used to acknowledge success, competence, etc.): I just got tickets to the concert. Win!
- win out, to win or succeed, especially over great odds; triumph: His finer nature finally won out.
- 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 of win1
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- to dry (hay, wood, etc.) by exposure to air and sun.
Origin of win2
Examples from the Web for winning
By 2012, Democratic President Barack Obama owned the Asian-American vote, winning it by 47 percentage points.Asian-Americans Are The New Florida
January 8, 2015
But after winning 55 percent of the white vote, Duke had a database of supporters some politicians coveted.The Price of Steve Scalise’s Silence
January 7, 2015
But Winning Marriage will be essential for the historian who, someday, tries to tell the full story.The Real Story Behind the Fight for Marriage Equality
December 30, 2014
First, there are over three million possible arrangements for the winning lineup.I Want to See Your Spreadsheets, Baby: MTV’s ‘Are You the One?’ Is a Mathematical Orgy
December 9, 2014
Past winning artists generally were either complete outsiders (McQueen) or divisive figures in the art world.Has the Turner Prize Gone Soft?
December 2, 2014
If we are to keep in the race at all, to say nothing of winning it, the spirit must be free.The Conquest of Fear
He could not even keep her after winning her; desire blinded him.
The winning of a battle is not enough to engage all our admiration; it must be won by an artist.
What a winning singularity must have distinguished his actions!Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
She now suffered him to regain courage, by winning back some of his own money.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
- (of a person, character, etc) charming, engaging, or attractivewinning ways; a winning smile
- gaining victorythe winning stroke
- a shaft or seam of coal
- the extraction of coal or ore from the ground
- (plural) money, prizes, or valuables won, esp in gambling
- (intr) to achieve first place in a competition
- (tr) to gain or receive (a prize, first place, etc) in a competition
- (tr) to succeed in or gain (something) with an effortwe won recognition
- win one's spurs
- to achieve recognition in some field of endeavour
- historyto be knighted
- to gain victory or triumph in (a battle, argument, etc)
- (tr) to earn or procure (a living, etc) by work
- (tr) to take possession of, esp violently; capturethe Germans never won Leningrad
- (when intr, foll by out, through, etc) to reach with difficulty (a desired condition or position) or become free, loose, etc, with effortthe boat won the shore; the boat won through to the shore
- (tr) to turn someone into (a supporter, enemy, etc)you have just won an ally
- (tr) to gain (the sympathy, loyalty, etc) of someone
- (tr) to obtain (a woman, etc) in marriage
- to extract (ore, coal, etc) from a mine
- to extract (metal or other minerals) from ore
- to discover and make (a mineral deposit) accessible for mining
- you can't win informal an expression of resignation after an unsuccessful attempt to overcome difficulties
- informal a success, victory, or triumph
- profit; winnings
- the act or fact of reaching the finishing line or post first
- to dry (grain, hay, peat, etc) by exposure to sun and air
- a less common word for winnow
Word Origin and History for winning
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.
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.
Idioms and Phrases with winning
In addition to the idioms beginning with win
- win by a nose
- wind down
- wind up
- wine and dine
- wing it
- win hands down
- winning streak
- win one's spurs
- win on points
- win out
- win over
- win some, lose some
- win through