Defeat meaning

dĭ-fēt'
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.

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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.

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To do better than (another) in a competition or battle; win victory over; beat.
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To prevent the success of; thwart.

Internal strife defeats the purpose of teamwork.

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The state of being defeated; failure to win.

The home team's defeat by their rivals.

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To frustrate the enforcement of (a motion, for example).
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To make (an estate, for example) void; annul.
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To dishearten or dispirit.

The last setback defeated her, and she gave up.

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To be beyond the comprehension of; mystify.

How the children found their way back home defeats me.

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A coming to naught; frustration.

The defeat of a lifelong dream.

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The act of defeating an opponent.

The home team's defeat of their rivals.

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The act of overcoming or frustrating the enforcement of.
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The act of making null and void.
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To win victory over; overcome; beat.
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To bring to nothing; frustrate.

Defeating our plans.

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To make null and void.
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To undo; destroy.
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The act of defeating, or gaining victory.
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The fact of being defeated.
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Frustration.
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Nullification.
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Wellington defeated Napoleon at Waterloo.

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To nullify; to reduce, to nothing, the strength of.
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The act of defeating or being defeated.
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Origin of defeat

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 dhē- in Indo-European roots