To defeat is defined as to beat someone at something or to prevent something from happening.(verb)
Defeat is defined as the state of being beaten or having lost.(noun)
When you have just lost a race, this is an example of a situation where you feel defeat.
See defeat in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME defeten < defet, disfigured, null and void < OFr desfait, pp. of desfaire, to undo < ML disfacere, to deface, ruin < L dis-, from + facere, to do
Origin: ME defet
See defeat in American Heritage Dictionary 4
transitive verb de·feat·ed, de·feat·ing, de·feats
Origin: Middle English defeten
Origin: , from defet, disfigured
Origin: , from Old French desfait
Origin: , past participle of desfaire, to destroy
Origin: , from Medieval Latin disfacere, to destroy, mutilate, undo
Origin: : Latin dis-, dis-
Origin: + Latin facere, to do; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.
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