admit defeat

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of admit defeat

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

Word by Word Definitions

admit play
  1. : to allow scope for : permit

  2. : to concede as true or valid

  3. : to allow entry (as to a place, fellowship, or privilege)

  1. : a person who is admitted into a school, hospital, etc.

defeat play
  1. : destroy

  2. : nullify

  3. : frustrate

  1. : frustration by nullification or by prevention of success

  2. : destruction

  3. : an overthrow especially of an army in battle


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