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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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* 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


  • Inverness hand weakened Celtic shock defeat
    Inverness Caledonian Thistle handed Celtic a shock 1-0 defeat in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday as the Hoops paid the price for fielding a weakened side at the Caledonian Stadium. With Tuesday's crucial Champions League play-off second leg against NK Maribor in mind Celtic made no fewer than 10 changes while Inverness stuck with the side that defeated Mo Read more on this news related to 'Defeat'
  • Understrength Celtic slips to defeat in Scotland
    GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Celtic slipped to the first defeat in its defense of the Scottish league title, losing 1-0 to Inverness Saturday as the champions paid the price for picking an understrength side ahead of a crucial Champions League qualifying match. Read more on this news related to 'Defeat'
  • Ramos: Real Madrid will get over Atletico defeat in Supercopa final
    Sergio Ramos says Real Madrid will soon forget about the Supercopa de Espana defeat to Atletico Madrid following a 1-0 (2-1 agg) loss on Friday. Read more on this news related to 'Defeat'

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