winner - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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  1. 1
    someone who wins a race, competition, or prize

    The winner of the tournament gets £50,000.

    She was a gold medal winner at the last Olympics.

    There was a standing ovation for the three-time winner of the competition.

    decide the winner (=decide who is the winner):

    The next shot would decide the winner.

    1. a.
      the goal or shot that wins a game

      Phillips scored the winner only three minutes from time.

  2. 2
    informal something that is very popular or successful

    Her latest book looks like another winner.

  3.   From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    winner take(s) all in a competition or competitive situation, a situation where the person who wins gets all of the prizes or rewards

    In Silicon Valley Now, It’s Almost Always Winner Takes All

    Submitted on 16/03/2016
  4.   From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    winner take(s) all in US politics, a primary in which the candidate with the largest number of votes is awarded all the delegates

    Some binding primaries are winner-take-all contests, in which all of a state's delegates are required to vote for the same candidate.

    Submitted on 16/03/2016