Definitions for defeatdɪˈfit
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
to overcome in a contest; vanquish.
to frustrate; thwart.
to deprive of something expected:
to defeat one's hopes.
Law. to annul.
(n.)the act of overcoming in a contest.
an instance of defeat; setback.
an overthrow or overturning; downfall; abolition.
Archaic. destruction; ruin.
* Syn: defeat , conquer , overcome , subdue imply gaining victory or control over an opponent. defeat usu. means to beat or frustrate in a single contest or conflict: Confederate forces were defeated at Gettysburg. conquer means to finally gain control over by physical, moral, or mental force, usu. after long effort: to conquer poverty; to conquer a nation.overcome emphasizes perseverance and the surmounting of difficulties: to overcome opposition; to overcome a bad habit.subdue means to conquer so completely that resistance is broken: to subdue a rebellious spirit.
Origin of defeat:
1325–75; ME < AF, OF desfait, ptp. of desfaire to undo, destroy < ML disfacere= L dis-dis-1+facere to do
an unsuccessful ending to a struggle or contest
"it was a narrow defeat"; "the army's only defeat"; "they suffered a convincing licking"
the feeling that accompanies an experience of being thwarted in attaining your goals
get the better of, overcome, defeat(verb)
win a victory over
"You must overcome all difficulties"; "defeat your enemies"; "He overcame his shyness"; "He overcame his infirmity"; "Her anger got the better of her and she blew up"
kill, shoot down, defeat, vote down, vote out(verb)
thwart the passage of
"kill a motion"; "he shot down the student's proposal"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
to win a game, war, election, etc.; = beat
Brazil defeated Mexico, 3-1.; easily defeated by the Romans
to stop from succeeding or working
an effort to defeat the treaty
failure to win
their 5-4 defeat of the Red Sox; a battle that ended in defeat for the French
The act of defeating or being defeated
To overcome in battle or contest.
Wellington defeated Napoleon at Waterloo.
To destroy, ruin, undo, lay waste to.
To nullify; to reduce, to nothing, the strength of.
Origin: from desfait, from the verb desfaire des + faciō (to unmake).
to undo; to disfigure; to destroy
to render null and void, as a title; to frustrate, as hope; to deprive, as of an estate
to overcome or vanquish, as an army; to check, disperse, or ruin by victory; to overthrow
to resist with success; as, to defeat an assault
an undoing or annulling; destruction
frustration by rendering null and void, or by prevention of success; as, the defeat of a plan or design
an overthrow, as of an army in battle; loss of a battle; repulse suffered; discomfiture; -- opposed to victory
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'defeat' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3245
Rank popularity for the word 'defeat' in Nouns Frequency: #1306
Rank popularity for the word 'defeat' in Verbs Frequency: #623
Translations for defeat
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
the loss of a game, battle, race etc
His defeat in the last race depressed him; We suffered yet another defeat.
- هَزيمَه، إنْدِحار، إنْكِسارArabic
- derrotaPortuguese (BR)
- die NiederlageGerman
- lüüasaamine, kaotusEstonian
- شکست؛ باختFarsi
- हार, असफल करनाHindi
- tap, nederlagNorwegian
- شکست؛ باختPersian
- nederlag, förlustSwedish
- 戰勝，擊敗Chinese (Trad.)
- sự thất bạiVietnamese
- 战胜，击败Chinese (Simp.)
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