Meaning of defeat

de•feat

Pronunciation: (di-fēt'), [key]
— 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 early returns defeated his hopes of election.
  4. to annul.
—n.
  1. the act of overcoming in a contest: an overwhelming defeat of all opposition.
  2. an instance of defeat; setback: He considered his defeat a personal affront.
  3. an overthrow or overturning; vanquishment: the defeat of a government.
  4. a bringing to naught; frustration: the defeat of all his hopes and dreams.
  5. the act or event of being bested; losing: Defeat is not something she abides easily.
  6. undoing; destruction; ruin.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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