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defeat

de·feat

defeat

 
 
pronunciation:
dih fit
parts of speech:
verb, noun
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part of speech: verb
inflections: defeated, defeating, defeats
definition 1: to win a victory over; beat in a game or battle.
He defeated me in tennis.
synonyms:
beat, conquer, overcome
similar words:
clobber, cream, crush, down, humble, lick, master, outdo, overpower, overthrow, overwhelm, rout, thrash, triumph over, upset
definition 2: to cause to fail; keep from success.
The weather defeated our plans.
similar words:
break, crush, lick, overcome
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act or fact of defeating.
We read of the hero's defeat of the giant.
synonyms:
conquest
antonyms:
win
similar words:
fall, miss, overthrow, rout, upset
definition 2: the fact of being defeated; loss; failure.
After we'd tried so hard, our defeat was hard to bear.
synonyms:
loss
antonyms:
triumph, victory
similar words:
bust, collapse, failure, miss, overthrow
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