Definition of victory in US English:



  • An act of defeating an enemy or opponent in a battle, game, or other competition.

    ‘an election victory’
    ‘they won their heat and went on to victory in the final’
    as modifier ‘a victory celebration’
    • ‘After all, British films are capable of scoring multiple nominations and victories.’
    • ‘The master alchemist of election victories claims to have detected a sea change in public opinion.’
    • ‘Coventry came on the end of a successful run - eight victories in their last ten games.’
    • ‘The repeal of the boycott last week is only a small victory in a battle that is not yet over.’
    • ‘Both sides came out hoping the seal victory but again there was a long hard battle ahead.’
    • ‘After some initial successes by the Italians, the Austrian armies began to win victories.’
    • ‘We had to get a victory somewhere and there was nowhere better than with this game.’
    • ‘Graf was having the year of her career and was on the way to four Grand Slam victories and Olympic gold.’
    • ‘Their victory narrowed the gap at the top to just two points instead of being eight behind.’
    • ‘The top two in Division Five had excellent victories in the only two games played.’
    • ‘We supposedly go in as underdogs but if we win on French soil it will be a great victory for the club.’
    • ‘Over the next few weeks the manager enjoyed a spectacular run of victories.’
    • ‘It is also no good imagining that landslide victories are any guide to legitimacy.’
    • ‘In the end it was the narrowest of victories as Harrington's game fell apart on the 16th.’
    • ‘He played in other chess tournaments too with some notable victories over leading players.’
    • ‘Black Tom Fairfax was the famous general who led his armies to tremendous victories in the Civil War.’
    • ‘Her determination brought its reward with a number of junior tournament victories.’
    • ‘We will win victories we cannot now imagine, and live through shattering defeats.’
    • ‘Its creation marked a victory for the war party over the peace party led by the Earl of Essex.’
    • ‘The first phase of the war ended with victories beyond Japanese expectations.’
    success, triumph, conquest, win, successful outcome, positive result, favourable result, landslide, achievement, coup, game, set, and match
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Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French victorie, from Latin victoria.