defeat


defeat
de|feat1 W3 [dıˈfi:t] n [U and C]
1.) failure to win or succeed
She was a woman who hated to admit defeat .
The Democratic Party candidate has already conceded defeat .
defeat in
The socialist party suffered a crushing defeat in the French elections.
The captain offered no excuses for his team's humiliating defeat .
Italy's narrow defeat in their game with Germany
They inflicted a heavy defeat on the Government's plans to tighten asylum controls.
2.) victory over someone or something
defeat of
The defeat of the army was followed by the establishment of constitutional government.
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COLLOCATES for sense 1
admit/accept/concede defeat
suffer a defeat (=experience a defeat)
a heavy/humiliating/crushing/resounding defeat
a narrow defeat (=by only a small amount)
inflict a defeat on somebody
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defeat 2
defeat2 v [T]
[Date: 1300-1400; : Anglo-French; Origin: defeter 'to destroy', from Medieval Latin disfacere, from Latin facere 'to do']
1.) to win a victory over someone in a war, competition, game etc
= ↑beat
They hoped to defeat the enemy at sea.
defeat sb by sth
Newcastle were defeated by 3 goals to 2.
2.) if something defeats you, you cannot understand it and therefore cannot answer or deal with it
= ↑beat
It was the last question on the paper that defeated me.
3.) to make something fail
defeat the object/purpose (of the exercise)
Don't let your arms relax as that would defeat the object of the exercise.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • defeat — de·feat vt [Anglo French defait, past participle of defaire to undo, defeat, from Old French deffaire desfaire, from de , prefix marking reversal of action + faire to do] 1 a: to render null third parties will defeat an attached but “unperfected” …   Law dictionary

  • Defeat — De*feat , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Defeated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Defeating}.] [From F. d[ e]fait, OF. desfait, p. p. ofe d[ e]faire, OF. desfaire, to undo; L. dis + facere to do. See {Feat}, {Fact}, and cf. {Disfashion}.] 1. To undo; to disfigure; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • defeat — [n1] overthrow, beating ambush, annihilation, beating, blow, break, breakdown, check, collapse, conquest, count, debacle, defeasance, destruction, discomfiture, downthrow, drubbing*, embarrassment, extermination, failure, fall, insuccess,… …   New thesaurus

  • Defeat — De*feat , n. [Cf. F. d[ e]faite, fr. d[ e]faire. See {Defeat}, v.] 1. An undoing or annulling; destruction. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Upon whose property and most dear life A damned defeat was made. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Frustration by rendering… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Defeat — may be the opposite of victory Debellatio Surrender (military) usually follows a defeat Defeat, piece by a boy (pseudonym Chris Hughes Davis, real name unknown). See also Defeatism Failure List of military disasters …   Wikipedia

  • defeat — (v.) late 14c., from Anglo Fr. defeter, from O.Fr. desfait, pp. of desfaire to undo, from V.L. *diffacere undo, destroy, from L. dis un , not (see DIS (Cf. dis )) + facere to do, perform (see FACTITIOUS (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • defeat — vb beat, *conquer, vanquish, lick, subdue, subjugate, reduce, overcome, surmount, overthrow, rout Analogous words: *frustrate, thwart, foil, baffle, balk, circumvent, outwit deep rooted, Contrasted words: *yield, submit, capitulate, succumb, cave …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • defeat — ► VERB 1) win a victory over. 2) prevent from achieving an aim or prevent (an aim) from being achieved. 3) reject or block (a proposal or motion). ► NOUN ▪ an instance of defeating or the state of being defeated. ORIGIN Old French desfaire, from… …   English terms dictionary

  • defeat — [dē fēt′, difēt′] vt. [ME defeten < defet, disfigured, null and void < OFr desfait, pp. of desfaire, to undo < ML disfacere, to deface, ruin < L dis , from + facere, to DO1] 1. to win victory over; overcome; beat 2. to bring to… …   English World dictionary

  • defeat — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ complete, comprehensive (esp. BrE), decisive, heavy, major, overwhelming, resounding, serious, stunning, total …   Collocations dictionary


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