Definitions for defeat

Definitions for (noun) defeat

Main entry: licking, defeat

Definition: an unsuccessful ending to a struggle or contest

Usage: it was a narrow defeat; the army's only defeat; they suffered a convincing licking

Main entry: defeat, frustration

Definition: the feeling that accompanies an experience of being thwarted in attaining your goals

Definitions for (verb) defeat

Main entry: overcome, defeat, get the better of

Definition: win a victory over

Usage: You must overcome all difficulties; defeat your enemies; He overcame his shyness; He overcame his infirmity; Her anger got the better of her and she blew up

Main entry: vote down, vote out, defeat, shoot down, kill

Definition: thwart the passage of

Usage: kill a motion; he shot down the student's proposal

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