- 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.
defeat definition by Webster's New World
- to win victory over; overcome; beat
- to bring to nothing; frustrate: defeating our plans
- to make null and void
- Obsolete to undo; destroy
Origin: Middle English defeten ; from defet, disfigured, null and void ; from Old French desfait, past participle of desfaire, to undo ; from Midieval Latin disfacere, to deface, ruin ; from Classical Latin dis-, from plush facere, to do
- the act of defeating, or gaining victory
- the fact of being defeated
Origin: ME defet
defeat definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb de·feat·ed, de·feat·ing, de·feats
- To win victory over; beat.
- To prevent the success of; thwart: Internal strife defeats the purpose of teamwork.
- Law To make void; annul.
- The act of defeating or state of being defeated.
- Failure to win.
- A coming to naught; frustration: the defeat of a lifelong dream.
- Law The act of making null and void.
Origin: Middle 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.
- de·featˈer noun