an unsuccessful ending to a struggle or contest
"it was a narrow defeat"; "the army's only defeat"; "they suffered a convincing licking"
the feeling that accompanies an experience of being thwarted in attaining your goals
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"
kill, shoot down, defeat, vote down, vote out(verb)
thwart the passage of
"kill a motion"; "he shot down the student's proposal"
The act of defeating or being defeated
To overcome in battle or contest.
Wellington defeated Napoleon at Waterloo.
To destroy, ruin, undo, lay waste to.
To nullify; to reduce, to nothing, the strength of.
Origin: from desfait, from the verb desfaire des + faciō (to unmake).
to undo; to disfigure; to destroy
to render null and void, as a title; to frustrate, as hope; to deprive, as of an estate
to overcome or vanquish, as an army; to check, disperse, or ruin by victory; to overthrow
to resist with success; as, to defeat an assault
an undoing or annulling; destruction
frustration by rendering null and void, or by prevention of success; as, the defeat of a plan or design
an overthrow, as of an army in battle; loss of a battle; repulse suffered; discomfiture; -- opposed to victory
Origin: [Cf. F. dfaite, fr. dfaire. See Defeat, v.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
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
This word expresses the complete want of success of an army; a repulse signifying less, and a rout more, than defeat.
To resist with success; as, to defeat an assault.
British National Corpus
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Rank popularity for the word 'DEFEAT' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3245
Rank popularity for the word 'DEFEAT' in Nouns Frequency: #1306
Rank popularity for the word 'DEFEAT' in Verbs Frequency: #623
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The numerical value of DEFEAT in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of DEFEAT in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
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