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

n an unsuccessful ending to a struggle or contest

“it was a narrow defeat
“the army's only defeat
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

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

Type of:
disappointment, letdown
a feeling of dissatisfaction that results when your expectations are not realized

v win a victory over

defeat your enemies”
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
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
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
bat, clobber, cream, drub, lick, thrash
beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight

v thwart the passage of

kill, shoot down, vote down, vote out
Type of:
blackball, negative, veto
vote against; refuse to endorse; refuse to assent

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