From Old French desfait, from the verb desfaire (compare modern French défaire), from des- + faire, or possibly from Vulgar Latin disfaciō, disfacere (“unmake”), from Latin dis- + faciō.
defeat (third-person singular simple present defeats, present participle defeating, simple past and past participle defeated)
- (transitive) To overcome in battle or contest.
- (transitive) To reduce, to nothing, the strength of.
- (transitive) To nullify
defeat (countable and uncountable, plural defeats)
- The act or instance of defeating, of overcoming, vanquishing.
- The act or instance of being defeated, of being overcome or vanquished; a loss.
- Frustration (by prevention of success), stymieing; (law) nullification.
- (obsolete) Destruction, ruin.