What does defeat mean?

Definitions for defeat
dɪˈfitde·feat

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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. Norman Vincent Peale:

    Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure. The way you think about a fact may defeat you before you ever do anything about it. You are overcome by the fact because you think you are.

  2. Pete Buttigieg:

    Today is a moment of truth ... the truth is that the path has narrowed to a close for our candidacy if not for our cause, our goal has always been to unify Americans to help defeat Donald Trump and to win the era for our values.

  3. New Jersey:

    Pete Buttigieg, who is openly gay, remarked. The debate in Atlanta markedthe first time Pete Buttigieg faced other White House hopefuls as an undisputed member of the top tier. Pete Buttigieg WEBSITES ON BLACK AMERICA PLANS USED STOCK PHOTOS OF MINORITIES The 37-year old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, gained significant ground in recent months in Iowa, which holds United Nations first caucuses in February. Pete Buttigieg is bunched at the top of most polls in Iowa with candidates who have much longer political resumes. Veteran Democratic consultant and communications strategist Lynda Tran said Pete Buttigieg is on the rise, and that means Pete Buttigieg should anticipate the other candidates on stage this week to set their sights on Pete Buttigieg campaign. Some surveys are beginning to show Pete Buttigieg taking a more convincing lead in the race, at least in early-voting states. Pete Buttigieg still faces plenty of hurdles to clinching the Democratic nomination, particularly winning over black and other minority voters. But Pete Buttigieg Iowa rise means Pete Buttigieg could come under fire from Pete Buttigieg rivals like never before. Joe Biden, Warren and Bernie Sanders have all faced similar scrutiny in previous debates, and those attacks did little to change the trajectory of the race. The debate unfolded at a moment of uncertainty about the Democratic field, with some in the party, particularly donors, worried theres no one positioned to defeat Donald Trump. Former President Barack Obama took the unusual step last week of warning the party against moving too far to the left. Speaking to that anxiety, former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick entered the Democratic race last week. Billionaire Michael Bloomberg, Michael Bloomberg, is openly flirting with a bid. Neither Patrick nor Michael Bloomberg were onstage Wednesday. With less than three months before voting, much of the nations political attention would typically be focused on the primary. Instead, the focus is on the impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump. New Jersey Sen. Booker faces especially intense pressure. Hes yet to meet the Democratic National Committees polling requirements for the December debate, and New Jersey Sen. Booker campaign acknowledges that New Jersey Sen. Booker needs to capitalize on the national spotlight. In this Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019 photo, the stage for the Democratic presidential primary is seen before Wednesday's debate in Atlanta. ( AP Photo/Mike Stewart) The New Jersey senator took an apparent shot at Pete Buttigieg at one point, following the news that his campaign had used a stock photo of a woman in Kenya who apparently hadnothing to do with the campaign. I want to turn back to the issue of black voters, i have a lifetime of experience with black voters.Ive been one since I was 18. Nobody on this stage should need a focus group to hear from African-American voters.

  4. Donald Trump:

    To defeat crime and radical Islamic terrorism in our country, to win trade in our country, you need tremendous physical and mental strength and stamina, hillary Clinton doesn't have that strength and stamina.

  5. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro:

    The oil industry is the backbone of the Venezuelan economy, the U.S. empire for a long time ... has intended to sabotage the oil industry and defeat the (Venezuelan) government, in order to steal the oil.

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