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defeat

noun

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1 failure to win a contest
  • still getting over their defeat in the basketball game earlier that week
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2 a falling short of one's goals
  • truly disheartened by the defeat of his plans to revitalize downtown
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defeat

verb

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to achieve a victory over
  • They defeated their archrivals easily and moved into the next round of the play-offs.
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get the better of, knock for a loop

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Synonym Discussion of defeat

conquer, vanquish, defeat, subdue, reduce, overcome, overthrow mean to get the better of by force or strategy. conquer implies gaining mastery of.
    • Caesar conquered Gaul
vanquish implies a complete overpowering.
    • vanquished the enemy and ended the war
defeat does not imply the finality or completeness of vanquish which it otherwise equals.
    • the Confederates defeated the Union forces at Manassas
subdue implies a defeating and suppression.
    • subdued the native tribes after years of fighting
reduce implies a forcing to capitulate or surrender.
    • the city was reduced after a month-long siege
overcome suggests getting the better of with difficulty or after hard struggle.
    • overcame a host of bureaucratic roadblocks
overthrow stresses the bringing down or destruction of existing power.
    • violently overthrew the old regime


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