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Defeat meaning

defeat - 10 dictionary results

  1. 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"
  2. 2. To undo; to disfigure; to destroy.
  3. 3. To render null and void, as a title; to frustrate, as hope; to deprive, as of an estate.
  4. 4. To overcome or vanquish, as an army; to check, disperse, or ruin by victory; to overthrow.
  5. 5. To resist with success; as, to defeat an assault.
  6. 6. An undoing or annulling; destruction.
  7. 7. Frustration by rendering null and void, or by prevention of success; as, the defeat of a plan or design.
  8. 8. An overthrow, as of an army in battle; loss of a battle; repulse suffered; discomfiture; - opposed to victory.
  9. 9. Frustration; overthrow.
  10. 10. To frustrate; overthrow.

defeat - examples of usage

  1. We know that this corporation will have an answer to this defeat of its bill. - "The Shepherd of the North", Richard Aumerle Maher.
  2. The news of the defeat of Gen. - "A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion", William Dobein James.
  3. Almost all that we really have is courage and gunpowder, and these are not enough to defeat such an attack as he will make. - "Ahead of the Army", W. O. Stoddard.
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