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Definition of winner noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a person, a team, an animal, etc. that wins something The winners of the competition will be announced next month. There are no winners in a divorce (= everyone suffers). the World Series winners Johnson rode his 48th winner of the year.
  2. 2[usually singular] (informal) a thing or person that is successful or likely to be successful I think your idea is a winner. Did you see that touchdown? Manning is a real winner!
  3. 3[singular] (sport) a goal or point that causes a team or a person to win a game Bonds finally hit the winner in the bottom of the 9th inning. compare loser
  4. Idioms
      pick a winner
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    1. 1to choose a horse, etc. that you think is most likely to win a race
    2. 2(informal) to make a very good choice
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: winner

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