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
          • His fatal flaw was his undoing. In a sense he defeated himself.
          • Show all the gods how even a mere mortal can best Ares's plans and defeat his will
          • The Brazilians are eating their hearts out over their defeat by Germany in the World Cup.
        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
          • He has never been able to live down his electoral defeat.
          • 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.
      • 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 defeatest
          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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