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defeat Explained

defeat at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


defeat at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

c.1374, from Anglo-Norm. defeter, from O.Fr. defait, pp. of defaire, from V.L. *diffacere "undo, destroy," from L. dis- "un-, not" + facere "to do, perform." Original sense was of "bring ruination, cause destruction." Military sense of "conquer" is c.1600. Defeatism, defeatist are 1918, from Fr. d?faitiste, in reference to the Russians. ///

defeat at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

W3 n [U and C]
1 failure to win or succeed: --She was a woman who hated to admit defeat .// --The Democratic Party candidate has already conceded defeat .// defeat in// --The socialist party suffered a crushing defeat in the French elections.// --The captain offered no excuses for his team's humiliating defeat .// --Italy's narrow defeat in their game with Germany// --They inflicted a heavy defeat on the Government's plans to tighten asylum controls.//
2 victory over someone or something: defeat of// --The defeat of the army was followed by the establishment of constitutional government.// ----------// COLLOCATES for sense 1 // admit/accept/concede defeat // suffer a defeat (=experience a defeat) // a heavy/humiliating/crushing/resounding defeat // a narrow defeat (=by only a small amount) // inflict a defeat on somebody // ----------//
defeat 2 v [T] [Date: 1300-1400; Language: Anglo-French; Origin: defeter 'to destroy', from Medieval Latin disfacere, from Latin facere 'to do']//
1 to win a victory over someone in a war, competition, game etc: beat// --They hoped to defeat the enemy at sea.// defeat sb by sth // --Newcastle were defeated by 3 goals to 2.//
2 if something defeats you, you cannot understand it and therefore cannot answer or deal with it: beat// --It was the last question on the paper that defeated me.//
3 to make something fail: defeat the object/purpose (of the exercise) // --Don't let your arms relax as that would defeat the object of the exercise.//

defeat at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

212 Moby Thesaurus words for "defeat":
KO, Waterloo, answer, answer conclusively, argue down, baffle,
bafflement, balk, balking, bankruptcy, bar, bear down,
bear the palm, beat, beat all hollow, beat down, beat hollow,
beating, best, betrayed hope, bilk, blast, blasted expectation,
blighted hope, block, blow, brave, bring down, buffet, cast down,
challenge, check, checkmate, circumvent, cleaning, cleanup,
clobber, clobbering, comedown, confound, confounding, confront,
confute, conquer, conquest, contradict, contravene, controvert,
cook, counter, counteract, countermand, counterwork, cross,
cruel disappointment, crush, dash, dashed hope, debacle,
defeasance, defeat expectation, defy, demolish, deny, destroy,
disappoint, disappointment, discomfit, discomfiture, disconcert,
disconcertion, discountenance, dish, disillusion, disillusionment,
dismiss, dispose of, disrupt, dissatisfaction, dissatisfy, do for,
do in, downcast, downthrow, drub, drubbing, dusting, elude, end,
failure, fallen countenance, fiasco, finish, fix, fizzle, floor,
flummox, foil, foiling, forlorn hope, frustrate, frustration,
futility, hide, hinder, hope deferred, hors de combat, ill success,
impede, knock out, knock the chocks, lambaste, lambasting, lather,
let down, letdown, lick, licking, losing game, mirage, miscarriage,
no go, nonaccomplishment, nonplus, nonsuccess, obstruct, outclass,
outdo, outfight, outgeneral, outmaneuver, outpoint, outrun,
outsail, outshine, overcome, overpower, overthrow, overturn,
overwhelm, parry, perplex, prevail over, put, put to silence,
rebuff, rebut, reduce, reduce to silence, refute, repress, repulse,
reversal, reverse, rise above, rout, ruin, sabotage, scotch,
scuttle, setback, settle, shellacking, shoot down, shut up,
silence, sink, skin, skin alive, smash all opposition,
sore disappointment, spike, spoil, squash, squelch, stonewall,
stop, stump, subdue, subjugate, subvert, successlessness, suppress,
surmount, take the cake, tantalization, tantalize, tease,
terminate, thrash, thrashing, thwart, thwarting, torpedo, trim,
triumph, triumph over, trounce, trouncing, undermine, undo,
undoing, unsuccess, unsuccessfulness, upset, uselessness, vanquish,
vanquishment, warming, whip, win, worst

defeat at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

verb, noun
verb [VN]
1 to win against sb in a war, competition, sports game, etc.
He defeated the champion in three sets. * a defeated army * The government was defeated by 200 votes to 83.
2 (formal) if sth defeats you, you cannot understand it:
The instruction manual completely defeated me.
3 to stop sth from being successful:
The motion was defeated by 19 votes. * Staying late at the office to discuss shorter working hours rather defeats the object of the exercise!
1 [U, C] failure to win or to be successful:
The party faces defeat in the election. * a narrow / heavy defeat * The world champion has only had two defeats in 20 fights. * They finally had to admit defeat (= stop trying to be successful).
2 [C, usually sing.] the act of winning a victory over sb/sth:
the defeat of fascism

Defeat at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

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 \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.

defeat at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

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 1: 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}]
2: thwart the passage of; "kill a motion"; "he shot down the
student's proposal" [syn: {kill}, {shoot down}, {vote down},
{vote out}]

defeat at English (WD) Of Explained:



from Inter: etyl » fro Inter: term » desfait|lang=fr, from the verb Inter: term » desfaire|lang=fro Inter: etyl » la des + faciō (to unmake).


* Inter: IPA » /dɪˈfiːt/
  • Inter: audio » en-us-defeat.ogg|Audio (US)
  • Inter: rhymes » iːt


    Inter: en-ver » b Inter: transitiv » e

  • To overcome in battle or contest.
    1. : Wellington defeated Napoleon at Waterloo.
    2. To nullify; to reduce, to nothing, the strength of.
    3. : We can defeat this perjury charge,, but I cant let you testify in your own defense.''
    4. : Id let you in on it, but that would defeat the purpose, wouldn't it? It's a secret from you.''
    5. : Ha ha ha! Ive defeated his plan!''


      Inter: syn-top » To overcome in contest

  • beat
  • conquer
  • overthrow

  • Inter: syn-mi » d
    • rout
    • vanquish

    Inter: syn-botto » m

    Related terms

    Inter: rel-to » p
  • defeasance
  • defeasible
  • defeater

  • Inter: rel-mi » d
    • defeatism
    • defeatist
    • defeature

    Inter: rel-botto » m


    Inter: trans-top » to overcome in battle or contest
  • Arabic: Inter: t- » ar|غلب|tr=ġálaba
  • Aromanian: Inter: t- » rup|azvingu, Inter: t- » rup|frãngu, Inter: t- » rup|anichisescu, Inter: t- » rup|bat
  • Asturian: Inter: t- » ast|vencer
  • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|разбивам, Inter: t+ » bg|побеждавам
  • Catalan: Inter: t+ » ca|vèncer
  • Inter: trreq » chr
  • Chinese:
  • : Mandarin: Inter: t » cmn|打敗|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|打败|tr=dǎbài|sc=Hani
  • Czech: Inter: t+ » cs|porazit
  • Inter: trreq » Danish
  • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|verslaan, Inter: t+ » nl|overwinnen
  • Esperanto: Inter: t- » eo|vinki
  • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|voittaa, Inter: t- » fi|päihittää
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|vaincre, Inter: t+ » fr|défaire
  • Galician: Inter: t+ » gl|vencer, Inter: t- » gl|derrotar, Inter: t+ » gl|bater
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|schlagen, Inter: t+ » de|besiegen, Inter: t- » de|niederringen
  • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|νικώ|tr=nikó, Inter: t+ » el|ανατρέπω|tr=anatrépo
  • Hebrew: Inter: t- » he|הביס|tr=hevís
  • Hungarian: Inter: t+ » hu|legyőz
  • Irish: Inter: t- » ga|buaigh ar, Inter: t- » ga|faigh an lámh in uachtar ar, Inter: t- » ga|cloígh
  • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|sconfiggere, Inter: t+ » it|battere
  • Japanese: Inter: t- » ja|負かす|tr=まかす, makasu, Inter: t- » ja|やっつける|tr=yattsukeru

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Inter: trreq » km
    • Latgalian: Inter: tø » ltg|īveikt, Inter: tø » ltg|puorveikt
    • Latin: Inter: t- » la|vincere
    • Latvian: Inter: t- » lv|uzvarēt, Inter: t- » lv|sakaut, Inter: t- » lv|uzveikt
    • Lithuanian: Inter: t+ » lt|nugalėti, Inter: t- » lt|įveikti, Inter: t- » lt|sukauti
    • Inter: trreq » mwl
    • Norwegian: Inter: t+ » no|overvinne, Inter: t- » no|beseire
    • Occitan: Inter: t+ » oc|vencir
    • Inter: trreq » Pashto
    • Persian: Inter: t+ » fa|شکست دادن|tr=šekast dâdan|sc=fa-Arab
    • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|pokonać
    • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|derrotar, Inter: t+ » pt|vencer
    • Quechua: Inter: t- » qu|llalliy
    • Romanian: Inter: t+ » ro|învinge, Inter: t- » ro|înfrânge, Inter: t- » ro|bate
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|побеждать|tr=pobeždát’ Inter: imp » f, Inter: t+ » ru|победить|tr=pobedít’ Inter: pf » ., Inter: t+ » ru|разбивать|tr=razbivát’|sc=Cyrl Inter: imp » f, Inter: t+ » ru|разбить|tr=razbít’|sc=Cyrl Inter: pf » .
    • Spanish: Inter: t- » es|derrotar, Inter: t+ » es|vencer
    • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|besegra, Inter: t+ » sv|övervinna
    • Telugu: Inter: t+ » te|ఓడించు|tr=ōḍiṃcu|sc=Telu
    • Turkish: Inter: t+ » tr|yenmek, Inter: t+ » tr|mağlup etmek
    • Inter: trreq » Volapük

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » to nullify
    • Catalan: Inter: t+ » ca|arruïnar

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|arruinar

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: checktrans-to » p
    • Inter: ttbc » id: Inter: t+ » id|mengalahkan

    Inter: trans-botto » m


    Inter: en-nou » n
  • The act of defeating or being defeated.
    1. Inter: quote-news »

    |date=May 13
    |author=Alistair Magowan
    |title=Sunderland 0-1 Man Utd
    |work=BBC Sport
    |passage=Two defeats in five games coming into this contest, and a draw with Everton, ultimately cost Sir Alex Ferguson's side in what became the most extraordinary finale to the league championship since Arsenal beat Liverpool at Anfield in 1989.


    Inter: trans-top » the act of defeating or being defeated
    • Inter: trreq » af
    • Inter: trreq » sq
    • Inter: trreq » am
    • Arabic: Inter: t- » ar|اندحار|m|tr=indiħār|sc=Arab, Inter: t- » ar|انكسار|m|tr=inkisār|sc=Arab, Inter: t- » ar|هزيمة|f|tr=hazīma
    • Inter: trreq » an
    • Armenian: Inter: t- » hy|պարտություն|tr=partut'yun|sc=Armn
    • Inter: trreq » rup
    • Asturian: Inter: t- » ast|vencimientu|m
    • Inter: trreq » az
    • Inter: trreq » ba
    • Inter: trreq » eu
    • Inter: trreq » be
    • Inter: trreq » bn
    • Inter: trreq » br
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|поражение|n, Inter: t+ » bg|унищожение|n
    • Inter: trreq » my
    • Catalan: Inter: t- » ca|venciment|m, Inter: t- » ca|derrota|f
    • Inter: trreq » chr
    • Chinese:
    • : Mandarin: Inter: t » cmn|败仗|tr=bàizhàng
    • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|porážka|f
    • Danish: Inter: t- » da|usejr|c, Inter: t- » da|tab|n
    • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|nederlaag
    • Esperanto: Inter: t- » eo|malvenko
    • Inter: trreq » et
    • Faroese: Inter: t- » fo|ósigur|m
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|tappio, Inter: t+ » fi|häviö
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|défaite|f
    • Inter: trreq » fur
    • Galician: Inter: t+ » gl|vencemento|m, Inter: t+ » gl|derrota|f
    • Inter: trreq » ka
    • German: Inter: t+ » de|Niederlage|f
    • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|ήττα|f|tr=ítta
    • Inter: trreq » gu
    • Inter: trreq » ha
    • Inter: trreq » haw
    • Hebrew: Inter: qualifier » act of being defeated Inter: t- » he|תבוסה|f|tr=tvusa|sc=Hebr
    • Inter: trreq » hi
    • Hungarian: Inter: t+ » hu|vereség, Inter: t+ » hu|kudarc
    • Inter: trreq » is
    • Inter: trreq » io
    • Inter: trreq » ig
    • Inter: trreq » id
    • Inter: trreq » ia
    • Inter: trreq » ie
    • Irish: Inter: t- » ga|díomua|m, Inter: t- » ga|briseadh|m, Inter: t- » ga|maidhm|f

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|sconfitta|f, Inter: t+ » it|disfatta|f, Inter: t+ » it|fallimento|m, Inter: t+ » it|insuccesso|m
  • Japanese: Inter: t+ » ja|敗北|sc=Jpan, Inter: t+ » ja|挫折|sc=Jpan
  • Inter: trreq » kn
  • Inter: trreq » kk
  • Khmer: Inter: t- » km|ការឈ្នះ|tr=kaa chneah|sc=Khmr Inter: qualifier » act of defeating, Inter: t- » km|ការចាញ់|tr=kaa jañ|sc=Khmr Inter: qualifier » being defeated
  • Inter: trreq » ko
  • Inter: trreq » ku
  • Inter: trreq » ky
  • Inter: trreq » lo
  • Latin: Inter: t- » la|clades|f
  • Inter: trreq » lv
  • Inter: trreq » lt
  • Inter: trreq » ml
  • Inter: trreq » mt
  • Inter: trreq » mi
  • Inter: trreq » mr
  • Inter: trreq » mwl
  • Inter: trreq » ne
  • Norwegian: Inter: t- » no|nederlag|n
  • Inter: trreq » nov
  • Occitan: Inter: t+ » oc|vencement|m, Inter: t+ » oc|venciment|m
  • Inter: trreq » ang
  • Inter: trreq » ps
  • Persian: Inter: t+ » fa|شکست دادن
  • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|porażka|f
  • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|derrota|f, Inter: t+ » pt|vencimento|m
  • Inter: trreq » Punjabi
  • Inter: trreq » Rajasthani
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|поражение|n|tr=poražénije
  • Scottish Gaelic: Inter: t- » gd|call|m
  • Inter: trreq » scn
  • Inter: trreq » si
  • Slovak: Inter: t- » sk|porážka|f
  • Inter: trreq » sl
  • Inter: trreq » so
  • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|vencimiento|m, Inter: t+ » es|derrota|f
  • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|nederlag|n, Inter: t+ » sv|förlust|c
  • Inter: trreq » ta
  • Telugu: Inter: t+ » te|ఓటు|tr=ōṭu|sc=Telu, Inter: t+ » te|ఓటమి|tr=ōṭami|sc=Telu
  • Thai: Inter: t- » th|ความปราชัย|tr=kwaam bpraachai|sc=Thai
  • Turkish: Inter: t+ » tr|yenilgi, Inter: t+ » tr|mağlubiyet
  • Inter: trreq » tk
  • Inter: trreq » vi
  • Inter: trreq » vo
  • Inter: trreq » wa
  • Inter: trreq » cy

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Translation: bg » defeat
    Translation: ca » defeat
    Translation: cs » defeat
    Translation: et » defeat
    Translation: el » defeat
    Translation: es » defeat
    Translation: fa » defeat
    Translation: fr » defeat
    Translation: ko » defeat
    Translation: hr » defeat
    Translation: io » defeat
    Translation: it » defeat
    Translation: kn » defeat
    Translation: ku » defeat
    Translation: li » defeat
    Translation: hu » defeat
    Translation: mg » defeat
    Translation: ml » defeat
    Translation: my » defeat
    Translation: nl » defeat
    Translation: ja » defeat
    Translation: pl » defeat
    Translation: pt » defeat
    Translation: ru » defeat
    Category: simple:defeat -
    Translation: sk » defeat
    Translation: fi » defeat
    Translation: sv » defeat
    Translation: ta » defeat
    Translation: te » defeat
    Translation: vi » defeat
    Translation: zh » defeat