admit defeat


: to admit that one has been defeated
Although she did poorly in the first round, she has refused to admit defeat.

Examples of admit defeat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The American military, meanwhile, suggested that to pursue détente was to admit defeat. Niall Ferguson, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024 They’ve also been forced to defend that decision because Virginia officials have decided to keep fighting rather than admit defeat. Theresa Vargas, Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2023 Instead the drama remains mostly psychological, as hunger takes its toll and the holdouts one by one admit defeat, with the ailing Numo among the last of them. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Sep. 2023 Or even if Trump’s rivals beat him in early primary contests, how will party officials get the former president to admit defeat? Chuck Todd, NBC News, 29 June 2023 Read the full Libra Daily Horoscope Scorpio (October 23 - November 21) Refusing to admit defeat? USA TODAY, 10 June 2023 Regulators in the United Kingdom have succeeded in doing something the U.S. government has, so far, failed to do: Get Facebook to admit defeat. Chris Morris, Fortune, 18 Oct. 2022 Once hitting an ideas wall, amateurs will admit defeat. Jodie Cook, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 Hedge fund billionaire Bill Ackman has been forced to admit defeat in his attempt to engineer a complex Spac — or blank check — deal to buy 10% of Universal Music Group for about $4 billion. Hanna Ziady, CNN, 19 July 2021

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“Admit defeat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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