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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.