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Definition defeat


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)

  1. (transitive) To overcome in battle or contest.
  2. (transitive) To reduce, to nothing, the strength of.
  3. (transitive) To nullify


defeat (countable and uncountable, plural defeats)

  1. The act or instance of defeating, of overcoming, vanquishing.
  2. The act or instance of being defeated, of being overcome or vanquished; a loss.
  3. Frustration (by prevention of success), stymieing; (law) nullification.
  4. (obsolete) Destruction, ruin.

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