WINNING, ppr. [from win.] 1. Gaining success in competition or contest. 2. a. Attracting; adapted to gain favor; charming; as a winning address. WINNING, n. The sum won or gained by success in competition or contest.
adj 1: having won; "the victorious entry"; "the winning team" [syn: victorious, winning] 2: very attractive; capturing interest; "a fetching new hairstyle"; "something inexpressibly taking in his manner"; "a winning personality" [syn: fetching, taking, winning] n 1: succeeding with great difficulty; "winning is not everything"
I. nounDate: 14th century 1. the act of one that wins ;victory2. something won: as a. a captured territory ;conquestb. money won by success in a game or competition — usually used in plural II. adjectiveDate: 15th century 1.a. 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> • winninglyadverb
adj. & n. --adj. 1 having or bringing victory or an advantage (the winning entry; a winning stroke). 2 attractive, persuasive (a winning smile; winning ways). --n. (in pl.) money won esp. in betting etc. Phrases and idioms: winning-post a post marking the end of a race. Derivatives: winningly adv. winningness n.
Win Win, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Won, Obs. Wan; p. pr. & vb. n. Winning.] [OE. winnen, AS. winnan to strive, labor, fight, endure; akin to OFries. winna, OS. winnan, D. winnen to win, gain, G. gewinnen, OHG. winnan to strive, struggle, Icel. vinna to labor, suffer, win, Dan. vinde to win, Sw. vinna, Goth. winnan to suffer, Skr. van to wish, get, gain, conquer. [root]138. Cf. Venerate, Winsome, Wish, Wont, a.] 1. To gain by superiority in competition or contest; to obtain by victory over competitors or rivals; as, to win the prize in a gate; to win money; to win a battle, or to win a country. ``This city for to win.'' --Chaucer. ``Who thus shall Canaan win.'' --Milton. Thy well-breathed horse Impels the flying car, and wins the course. --Dryden. 2. To allure to kindness; to bring to compliance; to gain or obtain, as by solicitation or courtship. Thy virtue wan me; with virtue preserve me. --Sir P. Sidney. She is a woman; therefore to be won. --Shak. 3. To gain over to one's side or party; to obtain the favor, friendship, or support of; to render friendly or approving; as, to win an enemy; to win a jury. 4. To come to by toil or effort; to reach; to overtake. [Archaic] Even in the porch he him did win. --Spenser. And when the stony path began, By which the naked peak they wan, Up flew the snowy ptarmigan. --Sir W. Scott. 5. (Mining) To extract, as ore or coal. --Raymond. Syn: To gain; get; procure; earn. See Gain.
Winning Win"ning, n. 1. The act of obtaining something, as in a contest or by competition. 2. The money, etc., gained by success in competition or contest, esp, in gambling; -- usually in the plural. Ye seek land and sea for your winnings. --Chaucer. 3. (Mining) (a) A new opening. (b) The portion of a coal field out for working. Winning headway (Mining), an excavation for exploration, in post-and-stall working. Winning post, the post, or goal, at the end of a race.
Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English. 1. You can use winning to describe a person or thing that wins something such as a competition, game, or election. ...the leader of the winning party...Donovan scored the winning goal.ADJ: ADJ n 2. You can use winning to describe actions or qualities that please other people and make them feel friendly towards you. She gave him another of her winning smiles...= engaging ADJ: ADJ n 3. see alsowin