What does DEFEAT mean?

Definitions for DEFEAT
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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

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

  2. defeat(Verb)

    To overcome in battle or contest.

    Wellington defeated Napoleon at Waterloo.

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

  3. defeat(Verb)

    To destroy, ruin, undo, lay waste to.

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

  4. defeat(Verb)

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Defeat(verb)

    to undo; to disfigure; to destroy

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

  2. Defeat(verb)

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

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

  3. Defeat(verb)

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

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

  4. Defeat(verb)

    to resist with success; as, to defeat an assault

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

  5. Defeat

    an undoing or annulling; destruction

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

  6. Defeat

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

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

  7. Defeat

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

    Etymology: [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.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. defeat

    This word expresses the complete want of success of an army; a repulse signifying less, and a rout more, than defeat.

  2. defeat

    To resist with success; as, to defeat an assault.

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

How to pronounce DEFEAT?

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How to say DEFEAT in sign language?

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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

Examples of DEFEAT in a Sentence

  1. Raiza Sucre:

    We're here to defeat Obama's decree. It's stupid.

  2. Pete Buttigieg:

    I believe the best way to defeat Donald Trump and deliver for the American people is to broaden and galvanize the majority that supports us on the critical issues, bernie Sanders believes in an inflexible ideological revolution that leaves out most Democrats, not to mention most Americans.

  3. Jerome Cohen:

    It's a sad thing to see people put before the television and other media, before they have been even formally arrested, it's a pathetic thing and will defeat any chance the Chinese government has of trying to have a good reputation.

  4. Hillary Clinton:

    Today's attack in Istanbul only strengthens our resolve to defeat the forces of terrorism and radical jihadism around the world, we must deepen our cooperation with our allies and partners in the Middle East and Europe to take on this threat.

  5. Bernie Sanders:

    In order to defeat Trump we are going to need the largest voter turnout in the history of this country, in order to beat Trump, what we are going to have to do is speak to millions of working-class people who are today, working two or three jobs. Theyre worried about their kids. Theyre worried about retirement. They cant afford health care.

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