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Meaning of DEFEAT

Pronunciation:  di'feet

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an unsuccessful ending
  2. [n]  the feeling that accompanies an experience of being thwarted in attaining your goals
  3. [v]  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"
  4. [v]  thwart the passage of; "kill a motion"

DEFEAT is a 6 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: frustration, kill, licking, overcome, vote down, vote out
 Antonyms: triumph, victory
 See Also: beat, beat out, blackball, come through, conclusion, conquer, crush, debacle, demolish, destroy, disappointment, down, drubbing, ending, expel, finish, get over, get the best, have the best, letdown, lurch, make it, master, negative, nose, pull round, pull through, rout, rout, rout out, shell, skunk, slaughter, subdue, surmount, survive, thrashing, trounce, trouncing, upset, vanquish, veto, wallop, walloping, Waterloo, whipping



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
    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.
             Sharp reasons to defeat the law.      --Shak.
    Syn: To baffle; disappoint; frustrate.
  2. \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.
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