What does defeat mean?

Definitions for defeatdɪˈfit

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word defeat.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. defeat, licking(noun)

    an unsuccessful ending to a struggle or contest

    "it was a narrow defeat"; "the army's only defeat"; "they suffered a convincing licking"

  2. frustration, defeat(verb)

    the feeling that accompanies an experience of being thwarted in attaining your goals

  3. 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"

  4. kill, shoot down, defeat, vote down, vote out(verb)

    thwart the passage of

    "kill a motion"; "he shot down the student's proposal"

Wiktionary

  1. defeat(Noun)

    The act of defeating or being defeated

  2. defeat(Verb)

    To overcome in battle or contest.

    Wellington defeated Napoleon at Waterloo.

  3. defeat(Verb)

    To destroy, ruin, undo, lay waste to.

  4. defeat(Verb)

    To nullify; to reduce, to nothing, the strength of.

  5. Origin: from desfait, from the verb desfaire des + faciō (to unmake).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Defeat(verb)

    to undo; to disfigure; to destroy

  2. Defeat(verb)

    to render null and void, as a title; to frustrate, as hope; to deprive, as of an estate

  3. Defeat(verb)

    to overcome or vanquish, as an army; to check, disperse, or ruin by victory; to overthrow

  4. Defeat(verb)

    to resist with success; as, to defeat an assault

  5. Defeat

    an undoing or annulling; destruction

  6. Defeat

    frustration by rendering null and void, or by prevention of success; as, the defeat of a plan or design

  7. Defeat

    an overthrow, as of an army in battle; loss of a battle; repulse suffered; discomfiture; -- opposed to victory

  8. Origin: [Cf. F. dfaite, fr. dfaire. See Defeat, v.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Defeat

    de-fēt′, v.t. to frustrate: to ruin.—n. a frustration of plans: ruin: overthrow, as of an army in battle.—n. Defeat′ure (Spens.), defeat: disfigurement, disguise. [O. Fr. defait, defaire, to undo—L. dis, neg. facĕre, to do.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'defeat' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3245

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'defeat' in Nouns Frequency: #1306

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'defeat' in Verbs Frequency: #623

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of defeat in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of defeat in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    If you want to defeat a country, defeat it with your ideas! If you want to defeat your enemies, defeat them with your ideas! Let your only sword and gun be your sharp and powerful ideas!

  2. Chris Schrimpf:

    We are excited to have Governor Romney join us in Ohio tomorrow, we believe that Governor Kasich is the best candidate to defeat Donald Trump in Ohio and to defeat Hillary Clinton in November.

  3. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    Hate is your enemy; you must defeat it! Anger is your enemy; you must defeat it! Violence is your enemy; you must defeat it! Death is your enemy; you must defeat it! Know well your real enemies!

  4. British Prime Minister David Cameron:

    To defeat this poisonous ideology, we must be clear about why it is so wrong. We must expose and defeat what it is that persuades young people, from Tunisia to Kuwait, from Belgium to Britain, to join ISIL.

  5. Gerard Hargraves:

    Did is a word of achievement Won't is a word of defeat Might is a word of bereavement Can't is a word of defeat Ought is a word of duty Try is a word each hour Will is a word of beauty Can is a word of power.

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