- (transitive) To overcome in battle or contest.
- Wellington defeated Napoleon at Waterloo.
- (transitive) To reduce, to nothing, the strength of.
- He finds himself naturally to dread a superior Being that can defeat all his designs, and disappoint all his hopes.
- A. W. Ward
- In one instance he defeated his own purpose.
- (transitive) To nullify
- The escheators […] defeated the right heir of his succession.
- conquer (defeat and annex); rout, crush, cream (decisive); shutout, zilch (sports, to defeat without permitting any opposing score)
to overcome in battle or contest
defeat (plural defeats)
- The act of defeating or being defeated.
- 2012 May 13, Alistair Magowan, “Sunderland 0-1 Man Utd”, in 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.
the act of defeating or being defeated