defeat

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EtymologyEdit

from Old French desfait, from the verb desfaire Latin des + faciō (to unmake).

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VerbEdit

defeat (third-person singular simple present defeats, present participle defeating, simple past and past participle defeated)

  1. (transitive) To overcome in battle or contest.
    Wellington defeated Napoleon at Waterloo.
  2. (transitive) To nullify; to reduce, to nothing, the strength of.
    • Tillotson
      He finds himself naturally to dread a superior Being that can defeat all his designs, and disappoint all his hopes.
    • Hallam
      The escheators [] defeated the right heir of his succession.
    • A. W. Ward
      In one instance he defeated his own purpose.

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NounEdit

defeat (plural defeats)

  1. The act of defeating or being defeated.
    • 2012 May 13, Alistair Magowan, “Sunderland 0-1 Man Utd”, BBC Sport:
      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.

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Last modified on 18 April 2014, at 05:35