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 This victory, which improved the Giants’ record to 39-32, marked the midpoint of a seven-game winning streak. Steve Kroner,, "June 22, 2004: Edgardo Alfonzo has six RBIs as Giants top Dodgers, move into first," 22 June 2020 The military victory that George Washington and Alexander Hamilton ultimately secured over Pennsylvania... Zachary D. Carter, WSJ, "Five Best: Zachary D. Carter on Financial Crises," 19 June 2020 Juneteenth has never been a celebration of victory, or an acceptance of the way things are. NBC News, "Juneteenth observed across the country with new interest, urgency," 19 June 2020 Juneteenth has never been a celebration of victory, or an acceptance of the way things are. Madeleine Carlisle, Time, "Millions of Americans Observe Juneteenth as Protests Against Racism and Police Brutality Continue," 19 June 2020 In heavily urban Milwaukee County, turnout dropped between 2012 and 2016 from 492,576 to 441,053—more than twice Trump’s statewide margin of victory. Lee Drutman, The New Republic, "How Democracy Dies at the Ballot Box," 18 June 2020 The poll also showed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell easily beating both McGrath and Booker in potential general election races this fall, though having a smaller margin of victory against Booker. Joe Sonka, The Courier-Journal, "New poll shows Charles Booker surging past Amy McGrath in Kentucky's U.S. Senate primary," 18 June 2020 That the car is intended to mark the 25th anniversary of the victory is, well, British eccentricity. John Phillips, Car and Driver, "Tested: Lotus Esprit Jim Clark Edition Honors a Racing Hero," 18 June 2020 While counting Monday’s decision as a victory, legislators and advocates for the rights of LGBTQ Arizonans said the court did not end the campaign for a comprehensive anti-discrimination law at the state level. Andrew Oxford, azcentral, "Supreme Court's ruling on LGBTQ discrimination won't end efforts for state law in Arizona," 15 June 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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25 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Victory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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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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