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Meaning & Definition of Defeat in English

English

Defeat

/dɪfit/

noun

1. An unsuccessful ending to a struggle or contest

  • "It was a narrow defeat"
  • "The army's only defeat"
  • "They suffered a convincing licking"
    synonym:
  • defeat
  • ,
  • licking

2. The feeling that accompanies an experience of being thwarted in attaining your goals

    synonym:
  • frustration
  • ,
  • defeat

verb

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • get the better of
  • ,
  • overcome
  • ,
  • defeat

2. Thwart the passage of

  • "Kill a motion"
  • "He shot down the student's proposal"
    synonym:
  • kill
  • ,
  • shoot down
  • ,
  • defeat
  • ,
  • vote down
  • ,
  • vote out

Examples of using

Internal division within the Labor Party was one of the factors which led to its defeat at the recent election.
You will never defeat me!
It's just a myth that Rambo can defeat an army alone.