Definition of victory noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈvɪktəri//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈvɪktəri//
(pl. victories) Conflict
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  • [countable, uncountable] victory (over/against somebody/something) success in a game, an election, a war, etc. the team’s 3–2 victory against Poland to win a victory a decisive/narrow victory an election victory She is confident of victory in Saturday's final. victory celebrations/parades see also moral victory See related entries: Conflict
  • Word OriginMiddle English: from Anglo-Norman French victorie, from Latin victoria.Extra examples A goal in the final seconds of the game sealed their victory. Any mistake by the Democrats could deliver a Republican victory. Bush barely eked out a victory in 2000. He saw it as a small victory over the increasingly repressive policies. He surprised the nation with an upset victory over the incumbent leader. His party won a landslide victory in the elections. Labour swept to victory in the 2001 election. Of their nine consecutive victories, five have been at home. She made a victory sign with her two fingers. The Dutch champions were denied victory in a tough 2–2 draw at Porto. The England cricket team has tasted victory for the first time this season. The Hungarians pulled off a surprise victory against the Italian champions. The army won the decisive victory that changed the course of the war. The case was hailed as a victory for the common man. The outcome left both sides claiming victory. The winners took a victory lap after the race. They would do anything to ensure victory for themselves. They would do whatever lay in their power to ensure victory for themselves. This series of bloodless victories won him widespread domestic support. Union leaders hailed the socialists’ victory as a huge step forward. a 98 000-vote victory margin a victory against Fascism their resounding victory over England Chelmsford finished 10 runs short of victory. He earned something of a hollow victory when his opponent was forced to withdraw with a serious injury. In spite of the result, we felt we had won a moral victory. It represented a significant political victory for Williamson. Neither side has yet claimed outright victory. Political commentators believed that it was a Pyrrhic victory which had left him considerably weakened. She’s confident of victory in Saturday’s final. The team are celebrating a 3–2 victory over Poland. The team is aiming for a hat-trick of victories in Germany this weekend.Idioms
    roar, romp, sweep, etc. to victory
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    to win something easily He swept to victory in the final of the championship. See related entries: Conflict
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