- Defeat is defined as the state of being beaten or having lost.
When you have just lost a race, this is an example of a situation where you feel defeat.
- To defeat is defined as to beat someone at something or to prevent something from happening.
- When you beat your opponent in a race, this is an example of a situation where you defeat your opponent.
- When you prevent a bill from becoming a law, this is an example of a situation where you defeat the bill.
A runner suffers defeat.
- to win victory over; overcome; beat
- to bring to nothing; frustrate: defeating our plans
- to make null and void
- Obsolete to undo; destroy
Origin of defeatMiddle English defeten ; from defet, disfigured, null and void ; from Old French desfait, past participle of desfaire, to undo ; from Medieval Latin disfacere, to deface, ruin ; from Classical Latin dis-, from + facere, to do
- the act of defeating, or gaining victory
- the fact of being defeated
Origin of defeatME defet
transitive verbde·feat·ed, de·feat·ing, de·feats
- To do better than (another) in a competition or battle; win victory over; beat: “Whether we defeat the enemy in one battle, or by degrees, the consequences will be the same” (Thomas Paine).
- To prevent the success of; thwart: Internal strife defeats the purpose of teamwork.
- Law a. To frustrate the enforcement of (a motion, for example).b. To make (an estate, for example) void; annul.
- a. To dishearten or dispirit: The last setback defeated her, and she gave up.b. To be beyond the comprehension of; mystify: How the children found their way back home defeats me.
- a. The act of defeating an opponent: the home team's defeat of their rivals.b. The state of being defeated; failure to win: the home team's defeat by their rivals.
- A coming to naught; frustration: the defeat of a lifelong dream.
- Law a. The act of overcoming or frustrating the enforcement of.b. Law The act of making null and void.
Origin of defeatMiddle English defeten, from defet, disfigured, from Old French desfait, past participle of desfaire, to destroy, from Medieval Latin disfacere, to destroy, mutilate, undo : Latin dis-, dis- + Latin facere, to do; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present defeats, present participle defeating, simple past and past participle defeated)
- The act of defeating or being defeated.