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Defeat Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    defeat n
  1. an unsuccessful ending [syn: licking] [ant: victory]
  2. the feeling that accompanies an experience of being thwarted in attaining your goals [syn: frustration] v
  3. win a victory over; "You must overcome all difficulties"; "defeat your enemies"; "He overcame his shyness"; "She conquered here fear of mice"; "He overcame his infirmity"; "Her anger got the better of her and she blew up" [syn: get the better of, overcome]
  4. thwart the passage of; "kill a motion"; "he shot down the student's proposal" [syn: kill, shoot down, vote down, vote out]
Defeat Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Defeat \De*feat"\, n. [Cf. F. d['e]faite, fr. d['e]faire. See Defeat, v.]
  1. An undoing or annulling; destruction. [Obs.] Upon whose property and most dear life A damned defeat was made. --Shak.
  2. Frustration by rendering null and void, or by prevention of success; as, the defeat of a plan or design.
  3. An overthrow, as of an army in battle; loss of a battle; repulse suffered; discomfiture; -- opposed to victory.
Defeat Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    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 destroy. [Obs.] His unkindness may defeat my life. --Shak.
  2. To render null and void, as a title; to frustrate, as hope; to deprive, as of an estate. He finds himself naturally to dread a superior Being that can defeat all his designs, and disappoint all his hopes. --Tillotson. The escheators . . . defeated the right heir of his succession. --Hallam. In one instance he defeated his own purpose. --A. W. Ward.
  3. To overcome or vanquish, as an army; to check, disperse, or ruin by victory; to overthrow.
  4. To resist with success; as, to defeat an assault.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Defeat'

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'Defeat' in famous quotation sentence

* A good man would prefer to be defeated than to defeat injustice by evil means. - Sallust

* The mountain remains unmoved at seeming defeat by the mist. - Rabindranath Tagore

* If I were asked to give what I consider the single most useful bit of advice for all humanity, it would be this Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life, and when it comes, hold your head high. Look it squarely in the eye, and say, I will be bigger than you. You cannot defeat me. - Ann Landers

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Defeat Sample Sentences in News

  • Pakistan's defeat in Sri Lanka sparks cricket World Cup fears
    Former cricket greats said Sunday they fear Pakistan's one-day defeat in Sri Lanka will hurt preparations for the World Cup just five months away. Pakistan were beaten by seven wickets in the third and final one-day international against Sri Lanka in Dambulla on Saturday after being bowled for a mere 102, losing the three-match series 2-1. Ramiz Raja, who took Read more on this news related to 'Defeat'
  • Zimbabwe humiliation rips open Australian scars
    Australia's shock one-day international defeat to minnows Zimbabwe has raised alarm bells five months before the country co-hosts the World Cup while exposing the team's continued struggles to master spin bowling. Coming off a long break following test series wins against England and South Africa, Australia arrived in Harare for the triangular one-day tour Read more on this news related to 'Defeat'
  • Five takeaways from Real Madrid's Embarrassing Defeat in Sociedad
    Real Madrid looked set to cruise to to three points at the Anoeta after taking an early 2-0 lead, but were thoroughly embarrassed to the tune of a 4-2 defeat. 1. Real Madrid still cannot defend set pieces, and their issue only seems to be getting worse. Madrid were again clueless and caught day dreaming and allowed Sociedad to take control of the match off a corne Read more on this news related to 'Defeat'

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