de·feat /dɪˈfit, di-/
De·feat v. t. [imp. & p. p. Defeated; p. pr. & vb. n. Defeating.]
1. To undo; to disfigure; to destroy. [Obs.]
His unkindness may defeat my life. --Shak.
2. To render null and void, as a title; to frustrate, as hope; to deprive, as of an estate.
He finds himself naturally to dread a superior Being that can defeat all his designs, and disappoint all his hopes. --Tillotson.
The escheators . . . defeated the right heir of his succession. --Hallam.
In one instance he defeated his own purpose. --A. W. Ward.
3. To overcome or vanquish, as an army; to check, disperse, or ruin by victory; to overthrow.
4. To resist with success; as, to defeat an assault.
Sharp reasons to defeat the law. --Shak.
Syn: -- To baffle; disappoint; frustrate.
1. An undoing or annulling; destruction. [Obs.]
Upon whose property and most dear life
A damned defeat was made. --Shak.
2. Frustration by rendering null and void, or by prevention of success; as, the defeat of a plan or design.
3. An overthrow, as of an army in battle; loss of a battle; repulse suffered; discomfiture; -- opposed to victory.
n 1: an unsuccessful ending [syn: licking] [ant: victory]
2: the feeling that accompanies an experience of being thwarted
in attaining your goals [syn: frustration]
v 1: win a victory over; "You must overcome all difficulties";
"defeat your enemies"; "He overcame his shyness"; "She
conquered here fear of mice"; "He overcame his
infirmity"; "Her anger got the better of her and she
blew up" [syn: get the better of, overcome]
2: thwart the passage of; "kill a motion"; "he shot down the
student's proposal" [syn: kill, shoot down, vote down,