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accept (a) defeat

This page is about the collocation accept (a) defeat

collocation pattern: verb + noun

Meaning

to accept the fact that you didn't win a game, match, contest, election, etc.

For example

  • John gets angry when he loses because he finds it so hard to accept a defeat.

  • They've been in power for a long time, so their defeat in this election isn't easy for them to accept.

Note:
A similar collocation is "accept a loss", and related collocations include "concede defeat" and "admit defeat".

Quick Quiz

Which has to accept a defeat?

a. the side that defeats an opponent

b. the side that's been defeated

c. both sides

Contributor: Matt Errey