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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 de·feat /dɪˈfit, di-/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 De·feat, n.
 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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,
          vote out]