Defeat - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |dɪˈfiːt|  American pronunciation of the word defeat
Brit.  |dɪˈfiːt|  British pronunciation of the word defeat


- an unsuccessful ending to a struggle or contest (syn: licking)
it was a narrow defeat
the army's only defeat
- the feeling that accompanies an experience of being thwarted in attaining your goals (syn: frustration)


- win a victory over (syn: overcome)
defeat your enemies
- thwart the passage of (syn: kill, shoot down, vote down)

Extra examples

We must be ready to defeat our enemies in battle.

Our candidate defeated him in the last election.

She finally found a solution to a problem that had defeated many other researchers.

The bill was defeated in the state senate.

Scientists from around the world are working to defeat the disease.

We weren't prepared for defeat.

One small error could make the difference between success and defeat.

After several tries we were forced to accept defeat.

They celebrated their defeat of the enemy.

He confessed himself to be defeated by the task.

The party suffered a heavy defeat in the election.

She was a woman who hated to admit defeat.

The Democratic Party candidate has already conceded defeat.

The socialist party suffered a crushing defeat in the French elections.

The captain offered no excuses for his team's humiliating defeat.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: defeat
he/she/it: defeats
present participle: defeating
past tense: defeated
past participle: defeated
singular: defeat
plural: defeats
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