defeat meaning

EN[dɪˈfiːt] [-iːt]
  • Defeat may refer to:
  • the opposite of victory
  • Debellatio
  • Surrender (military) usually follows a defeat

    Definition of defeat in English Dictionary

  • NounPLdefeatsPREdé-
    1. The act of defeating or being defeated.
      1. 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.
  • VerbSGdefeatsPRdefeatingPT, PPdefeated
    1. VT To overcome in battle or contest.
      1. Wellington defeated Napoleon at Waterloo.
    2. VT To reduce, to nothing, the strength of.
      1. To nullify.
      2. More Examples
        1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
          • She mopped the floor with her opponent, defeating him 68 to 2.
          • St Johnstone's in-form strike force struck again as goals from Francisco Sandaza and Cillian Sheridan defeated Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.
          • Kendall conceded defeat once she realized she could not win in a battle of wits.
        2. Used in the Beginning of Sentence
          • Defeat 12 months ago away to the same opponents signalled the end of John Toshack's reign as Wales manager, ushering in first caretaker Brian Flynn and then current boss Gary Speed.
        3. Used in the Ending of Sentence
          • The Bantams bridged the gap between the bottom division of English league football and the Premier League to secure a place at Wembley, despite a 2-1 second-leg defeat.
          • He has never been able to live down his electoral defeat.
      • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
        1. Nouns
          • Countable nouns
          • Verbs
            • Transitive verbs
          Related Links:
          1. en defeated
          2. en defeatism
          3. en defeats
          4. en defeater
          5. en defeatist
          Source: Wiktionary
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          Meaning of defeat for the defined word.

          Grammatically, this word "defeat" is a noun, more specifically, a countable noun. It's also a verb, more specifically, a transitive verb.
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