vic·​to·​ry | \ ˈvik-t(ə-)rē How to pronounce victory (audio) \
plural victories

Definition of victory

1 : the overcoming of an enemy or antagonist
2 : achievement of mastery or success in a struggle or endeavor against odds or difficulties

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Examples of victory in a Sentence

The general led the troops to victory. They had never experienced the thrill of victory. The passage of the law was a tremendous victory for their cause. It was a decisive victory for the army.
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Recent Examples on the Web For the crew, the goal is to either get your ship home or eject the Impostor, while the rogue alien traitor must sabotage the ship to claim victory. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "'Among Us': AOC, Ilhan Omar are fans of the popular video game. Here's what to know about it," 21 Oct. 2020 While Trump and his allies claimed victory after the first debate, internal Republican polling showed that Biden’s lead widened after the Sept. 29 debate, before narrowing slightly again. Jennifer Epstein,, "Trump Enters Final Debate Seeking to Make Up Ground on Biden," 21 Oct. 2020 One of the biggest concerns is a candidate prematurely declaring victory on or just after Election Day. Heather Kelly, Washington Post, "Your guide to following the election on social media," 20 Oct. 2020 Evo Morales's Movement Toward Socialism claimed victory in Bolivia's presidential election redo after the results of last year's election were annulled. Tyler Van Dyke, Washington Examiner, "Bolivia’s socialist party declares victory in election redo," 19 Oct. 2020 Evo Morales’ party claimed victory in Bolivia’s presidential election as official results trickled in from Sunday’s high-stakes redo of last year’s annulled ballot that saw the leftist leader resign and flee the country. Carlos Valdez And Joshua Goodman, The Christian Science Monitor, "Bolivia's exit polls: Former Morales minister poised to win," 19 Oct. 2020 Afterward, there will be some argument about who got the higher ratings, with Trump claiming victory no matter what the outcome. Nicole Goodkind, Fortune, "Presidential debates are broken," 15 Oct. 2020 The enforcement is just one of a series of policy changes in recent months from Facebook and Twitter meant to stop the spread of false or misleading claims about the election and prevent candidates from prematurely claiming victory. NBC News, "For Trump's 'rigged' election claims, an online megaphone awaits," 15 Oct. 2020 Some Trump allies say their best bet is to hope that the results look close election night, before some of the mail-in ballots are counted, allowing Trump to declare victory and have the results thrown to the courts. Arkansas Online, "Trump's task: Resetting campaign that GOP fears is slipping," 12 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of victory

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for victory

Middle English victorie, from Anglo-French, from Latin victoria, from victor

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The first known use of victory was in the 14th century

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23 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Victory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce victory (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of victory

: success in defeating an opponent or enemy
: the act of defeating an opponent or enemy


vic·​to·​ry | \ ˈvik-tə-rē How to pronounce victory (audio) \
plural victories

Kids Definition of victory

1 : the act of defeating an enemy or opponent
2 : success in a struggle against difficulties

Choose the Right Synonym for victory

victory, conquest, and triumph mean a success in a competition or struggle. victory is used for a win over an opponent or over difficult problems. Doctors won a victory over disease. conquest means the act of overcoming and gaining control over someone or something. We're studying Rome's conquests in Britain. triumph is used of an especially great victory that brings honor and glory. The outcome of the battle was a triumph for the general.

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