Defeat is the opposite of victory. When you lose, you suffer defeat. When you win, you defeat your enemy.

This is a word that's all about losing. In World War II, America and the Allies defeated the Axis powers: we beat them. In basketball, Michael Jordan usually defeated his opponents. Any loss can be called a defeat. When you're disappointed or think that nothing is going right, you feel defeated. If you're determined to win, you could say, "I won't accept defeat!" Some people are so stubborn that even though they've obviously been defeated, they won't admit defeat.

Definitions of defeat
  1. noun
    an unsuccessful ending to a struggle or contest
    “it was a narrow defeat
    “the army's only defeat
    synonyms: licking
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    triumph, victory
    a successful ending of a struggle or contest
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    a narrow defeat or a defeat at the last minute
    a decisive defeat in a game (especially in cribbage)
    an overwhelming defeat
    shutout, skunk
    a defeat in a game where one side fails to score
    debacle, drubbing, slaughter, thrashing, trouncing, walloping, whipping
    a sound defeat
    a final crushing defeat
    a defeat in which the losing person or team fails to score
    type of:
    conclusion, ending, finish
    event whose occurrence ends something
    an event that does not accomplish its intended purpose
  2. noun
    the feeling that accompanies an experience of being thwarted in attaining your goals
    synonyms: frustration
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    disappointment, letdown
    a feeling of dissatisfaction that results when your expectations are not realized
  3. verb
    win a victory over
    defeat your enemies”
    synonyms: get the better of, overcome
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    demolish, destroy
    defeat soundly
    beat, beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish
    come out better in a competition, race, or conflict
    defeat soundly and utterly
    down, topple
    bring down or defeat (an opponent)
    seize the position of and defeat
    lurch, skunk
    defeat by a lurch
    expel, rout, rout out
    cause to flee
    defeat suddenly and unexpectedly
    defeat by a narrow margin
    overcome by conquest
    come through, make it, pull round, pull through, survive
    continue in existence after (an adversity, etc.)
    overthrow or destroy (something considered evil or harmful)
    engulf and destroy
    cut to ribbons
    defeat totally
    outpoint, outscore
    score more points than one's opponents
    walk over
    beat easily
    remove from a contest or race
    mop up, pip, rack up, whip, worst
    defeat thoroughly
    beat overwhelmingly
    get the best, have the best, overcome
    overcome, usually through no fault or weakness of the person that is overcome
    rout, spread-eagle, spreadeagle
    defeat disastrously
    get the jump
    be there first
    cheat, chicane, chouse, jockey, screw, shaft
    defeat someone through trickery or deceit
    exceed, outdo, outgo, outmatch, outperform, outstrip, surmount, surpass
    be or do something to a greater degree
    conquer, get over, master, overcome, subdue, surmount
    get on top of; deal with successfully
    best, outdo, outflank, scoop, trump
    get the better of
    to fight better than; get the better of
    overmaster, overpower, overwhelm
    overcome by superior force
    checkmate, mate
    place an opponent's king under an attack from which it cannot escape and thus ending the game
    immobilise, immobilize
    make defenseless
    excel or defeat in a game
    annihilate, bat, clobber, cream, drub, lick, thrash
    beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight
  4. verb
    thwart the passage of
    synonyms: kill, shoot down, vote down, vote out
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    blackball, negative, veto
    vote against; refuse to endorse; refuse to assent
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