admit defeat

admit defeat phrase
to accept that you cannot succeed in doing something and stop trying to do it

After months of protests, the government was forced to admit defeat and abandon the policy.

Thesaurus: to stop doing somethingsynonym to kill a person or animalsynonym
Main entry: admit

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • admit defeat — index quit (discontinue), submit (yield) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • admit defeat — to accept that you cannot succeed in doing something and stop trying to do it After months of protests, the government was forced to admit defeat and abandon the policy …   English dictionary

  • admit — ad|mit W1S2 [ədˈmıt] v past tense and past participle admitted present participle admitting ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(accept truth)¦ 2¦(accept blame)¦ 3¦(allow to enter)¦ 4¦(allow to join)¦ 5¦(hospital)¦ 6 admit defeat 7 admit evidence …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • admit — verb admitted, admitting (T) 1 to accept and agree unwillingly that something is true or that someone else is right: I was really scared, Jenny admitted. | admit (that): You may not like her, but you have to admit that she s good at her job. | I… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • admit — ad|mit [ əd mıt ] verb *** 1. ) intransitive or transitive to agree that something is true, especially when you are unhappy, sorry, or surprised about it: Clarke admitted his disappointment at the court s decision, but said he would fight on. I… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • defeat — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ complete, comprehensive (esp. BrE), decisive, heavy, major, overwhelming, resounding, serious, stunning, total …   Collocations dictionary

  • defeat — de|feat1 W3 [dıˈfi:t] n [U and C] 1.) failure to win or succeed ▪ She was a woman who hated to admit defeat . ▪ The Democratic Party candidate has already conceded defeat . defeat in ▪ The socialist party suffered a crushing defeat in the French… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • defeat — I n. 1) to inflict (formal) a defeat on 2) to meet, suffer (a) defeat (at smb. s hands) 3) to invite defeat 4) to admit defeat 5) a crushing, decisive, resounding, total, utter; ignominious, shameful defeat II v. to defeat decisively * * * [dɪ… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • defeat */*/ — I UK [dɪˈfiːt] / US [dɪˈfɪt] noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms defeat : singular defeat plural defeats failure to win a competition or to succeed in doing something England suffered a 2–0 defeat by Scotland. a humiliating/heavy/crushing… …   English dictionary

  • defeat — 1 noun 1 (C, U) failure to win or succeed: an election defeat | serious defeat: The government has suffered a serious defeat. | admit defeat (=stop trying to succeed): She s told him she won t marry him, but he ll never admit defeat. 2 (U)… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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