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intr.v. tri·umphed, tri·umph·ing, tri·umphs
1. To be victorious or successful; win.
2. To rejoice over a success or victory; exult: "She knew her leaving him ... had plunged him back into this mood. And she triumphed a little" (D.H. Lawrence).
3. To receive honors upon return from a victory. Used especially of generals in ancient Rome.
a. The act or fact of being victorious; a victory: her triumph in the election.
b. Exultation or rejoicing over victory or success: The fans danced in triumph after their team won.
a. A success in a struggle against difficulties or an obstacle: a patient's triumph over an illness.
b. A noteworthy achievement or success: a musical that was a triumph on Broadway.
3. A public celebration, especially in ancient Rome, to welcome a returning victorious commander and his army.
[Middle English triomfen, from Old French triumpher, from Latin triumphāre, from triumphus, triumph, from earlier triumpus, ultimately (probably via Etruscan) from Greek thriambos, hymn to Dionysus.]
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