defeat

  • 1 defeat — de·feat vt [Anglo French defait, past participle of defaire to undo, defeat, from Old French deffaire desfaire, from de , prefix marking reversal of action + faire to do] 1 a: to render null third parties will defeat an attached but “unperfected” …

    Law dictionary

  • 2 Defeat — De*feat , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Defeated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Defeating}.] [From F. d[ e]fait, OF. desfait, p. p. ofe d[ e]faire, OF. desfaire, to undo; L. dis + facere to do. See {Feat}, {Fact}, and cf. {Disfashion}.] 1. To undo; to disfigure; to… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 defeat — [n1] overthrow, beating ambush, annihilation, beating, blow, break, breakdown, check, collapse, conquest, count, debacle, defeasance, destruction, discomfiture, downthrow, drubbing*, embarrassment, extermination, failure, fall, insuccess,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 4 Defeat — De*feat , n. [Cf. F. d[ e]faite, fr. d[ e]faire. See {Defeat}, v.] 1. An undoing or annulling; destruction. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Upon whose property and most dear life A damned defeat was made. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Frustration by rendering… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 Defeat — may be the opposite of victory Debellatio Surrender (military) usually follows a defeat Defeat, piece by a boy (pseudonym Chris Hughes Davis, real name unknown). See also Defeatism Failure List of military disasters …

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  • 6 defeat — (v.) late 14c., from Anglo Fr. defeter, from O.Fr. desfait, pp. of desfaire to undo, from V.L. *diffacere undo, destroy, from L. dis un , not (see DIS (Cf. dis )) + facere to do, perform (see FACTITIOUS (Cf …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 defeat — vb beat, *conquer, vanquish, lick, subdue, subjugate, reduce, overcome, surmount, overthrow, rout Analogous words: *frustrate, thwart, foil, baffle, balk, circumvent, outwit deep rooted, Contrasted words: *yield, submit, capitulate, succumb, cave …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8 defeat — ► VERB 1) win a victory over. 2) prevent from achieving an aim or prevent (an aim) from being achieved. 3) reject or block (a proposal or motion). ► NOUN ▪ an instance of defeating or the state of being defeated. ORIGIN Old French desfaire, from… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 defeat — [dē fēt′, difēt′] vt. [ME defeten < defet, disfigured, null and void < OFr desfait, pp. of desfaire, to undo < ML disfacere, to deface, ruin < L dis , from + facere, to DO1] 1. to win victory over; overcome; beat 2. to bring to… …

    English World dictionary

  • 10 defeat — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ complete, comprehensive (esp. BrE), decisive, heavy, major, overwhelming, resounding, serious, stunning, total …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 11 defeat — de|feat1 W3 [dıˈfi:t] n [U and C] 1.) failure to win or succeed ▪ She was a woman who hated to admit defeat . ▪ The Democratic Party candidate has already conceded defeat . defeat in ▪ The socialist party suffered a crushing defeat in the French… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 defeat — I n. 1) to inflict (formal) a defeat on 2) to meet, suffer (a) defeat (at smb. s hands) 3) to invite defeat 4) to admit defeat 5) a crushing, decisive, resounding, total, utter; ignominious, shameful defeat II v. to defeat decisively * * * [dɪ… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 13 defeat — defeater, n. /di feet /, v.t. 1. to overcome in a contest, election, battle, etc.; prevail over; vanquish: They defeated the enemy. She defeated her brother at tennis. 2. to frustrate; thwart. 3. to eliminate or deprive of something expected: The …

    Universalium

  • 14 defeat */*/ — I UK [dɪˈfiːt] / US [dɪˈfɪt] noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms defeat : singular defeat plural defeats failure to win a competition or to succeed in doing something England suffered a 2–0 defeat by Scotland. a humiliating/heavy/crushing… …

    English dictionary

  • 15 defeat — [[t]dɪfi͟ːt[/t]] ♦♦ defeats, defeating, defeated 1) VERB If you defeat someone, you win a victory over them in a battle, game, or contest. [V n] His guerrillas defeated the colonial army in 1954... [V n] The NHL Stanley Cup was won by the… …

    English dictionary

  • 16 defeat — 1 noun 1 (C, U) failure to win or succeed: an election defeat | serious defeat: The government has suffered a serious defeat. | admit defeat (=stop trying to succeed): She s told him she won t marry him, but he ll never admit defeat. 2 (U)… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 defeat — de|feat1 [ dı fit ] noun count or uncount ** failure to win a competition or succeed in doing something: Wisconsin suffered a 23 7 defeat by Illinois. admit/accept/concede defeat: a stubborn man who was not prepared to admit defeat a… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 18 defeat — I. transitive verb Etymology: Middle English deffeten, from Anglo French defait, past participle of defaire, desfaire to destroy, from Medieval Latin disfacere, from Latin dis + facere to do more at do Date: 14th century 1. obsolete destroy 2. a …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 19 defeat — 01. The French were [defeated] by the English on the Plains of Abraham in Canada s most important military battle. 02. Tennis star Bjorn Borg [defeated] John McEnroe in straight sets to win the cup at Wimbledon. 03. Napoleon s [defeat] at… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 20 defeat — de•feat [[t]dɪˈfit[/t]] v. t. 1) to overcome in a contest; vanquish 2) to frustrate; thwart 3) to deprive of something expected: to defeat one s hopes[/ex] 4) law Law. to annul 5) the act of overcoming in a contest 6) an instance of defeat;… …

    From formal English to slang


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