What does defeat mean?

Definitions for defeat
dɪˈfitde·feat

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. defeat, lickingnoun

    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, defeatverb

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

  3. get the better of, overcome, defeatverb

    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 outverb

    thwart the passage of

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

Wiktionary

  1. defeatnoun

    The act of defeating or being defeated

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

  2. defeatverb

    To overcome in battle or contest.

    Wellington defeated Napoleon at Waterloo.

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

  3. defeatverb

    To destroy, ruin, undo, lay waste to.

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

  4. defeatverb

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Defeatverb

    to undo; to disfigure; to destroy

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

  2. Defeatverb

    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. Defeatverb

    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. Defeatverb

    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

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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. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee:

    I'll keep all the options on the table in order to defeat the evil forces of radical Islam.

  2. Dawoud Shehab:

    Israel is trying to divert attention from the defeat that it suffered in the face of the determination of the hero prisoner, Mohammed Allan.

  3. Faysal Itani:

    An IS defeat in Kobani would quite visibly undermine the perception of unstoppable momentum and inevitable victory that IS managed to project, particularly after it captured Mosul.

  4. Dag Hammarskjöld:

    The pursuit of peace and progress cannot end in a few years in either victory or defeat. The pursuit of peace and progress, with its trials and its errors, its successes and its setbacks, can never be relaxed and never abandoned.

  5. Simon Tung:

    It got to a point where it went from anxiety to frustration to defeat, and you're just laughing at everything.

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