What does DEFEAT mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term 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.]

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?

  1. Alex
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

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. I.Marques:

    To Win, You have to accept defeat

  2. Fiat Chrysler:

    FCA U.S. does not use 'defeat devices'.

  3. H.W. Mann:

    Defeat is embracing what doesn’t work

  4. James Mattis:

    Our priority remains the defeat of ISIS.

  5. Helen Keller:

    Tyranny cannot defeat the power of ideas.

Images & Illustrations of DEFEAT

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