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noun     victory pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] the fact of winning a competition or battle, or an occasion when someone wins

    The team worked hard to achieve their championship victory.

    cruise to victory (=win easily):

    Scotland cruised to victory in the second half of the match.

    victory for:

    a decisive election victory for the Labour Party

    victory over:

    Spain’s 3–2 victory over Russia in last night’s game

  2. 2
    [countable] a situation in which someone’s principles or goals become officially accepted
    victory for:

    The judge’s ruling has been hailed as a victory for freedom of speech.



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