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defeat

[dih-feet] /dɪˈfit/
verb (used with object)
1.
to overcome in a contest, election, battle, etc.; prevail over; vanquish:
They defeated the enemy. She defeated her brother at tennis.
2.
to frustrate; thwart.
3.
to eliminate or deprive of something expected:
The early returns defeated his hopes of election.
4.
Law. to annul.
noun
5.
the act of overcoming in a contest:
an overwhelming defeat of all opposition.
6.
an instance of defeat; setback:
He considered his defeat a personal affront.
7.
an overthrow or overturning; vanquishment:
the defeat of a government.
8.
a bringing to naught; frustration:
the defeat of all his hopes and dreams.
9.
the act or event of being bested; losing:
Defeat is not something she abides easily.
10.
Archaic. undoing; destruction; ruin.
Origin of defeat
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English defeten (v.) < Anglo-French, Old French desfait, past participle of desfaire to undo, destroy < Medieval Latin disfacere, equivalent to Latin dis- dis-1 + facere to do
Related forms
defeater, noun
nondefeat, noun
predefeat, noun, verb
quasi-defeated, adjective
redefeat, verb, noun
undefeated, adjective
undefeatedly, adverb
undefeatedness, noun
Synonyms
1. overwhelm, overthrow, rout, check. 2. foil, baffle, balk. 7. downfall.
Synonym Study
1.Defeat, conquer, overcome, subdue imply gaining a victory or control over an opponent. Defeat suggests beating or frustrating: to defeat an enemy in battle. Conquer implies finally gaining control over, usually after a series of efforts or against systematic resistance: to conquer a country, one's inclinations. Overcome emphasizes surmounting difficulties in prevailing over an antagonist: to overcome opposition, bad habits. Subdue means to conquer so completely that resistance is broken: to subdue a rebellious spirit.
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Examples from the Web for undefeated
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  • But there will be no peace for Europe while Germany remains an undefeated autocracy.

    The Devil's Paw E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • And then there was a defiance about his nostrils that showed he was undefeated.

    The Crossing Winston Churchill
  • But nevertheless you are a masculine being, strong and undefeated.

  • Jack snorted, but Sarella, undefeated, proceeded to put the case of his being ill.

    Mariquita John Ayscough
  • Meanwhile the poet in 1833 went on quietly and undefeated with his work.

    Alfred Tennyson Andrew Lang
British Dictionary definitions for undefeated

undefeated

/ˌʌndɪˈfiːtɪd/
adjective
1.
not having been defeated: the undefeated champion

defeat

/dɪˈfiːt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to overcome in a contest or competition; win a victory over
2.
to thwart or frustrate: this accident has defeated all his hopes of winning
3.
(law) to render null and void; annul
noun
4.
the act of defeating or state of being defeated
5.
an instance of defeat
6.
overthrow or destruction
7.
(law) an annulment
Derived Forms
defeater, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French desfait, from desfaire to undo, ruin, from des-dis-1 + faire to do, from Latin facere
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Word Origin and History for undefeated
adj.

1701, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of defeat (v.).

defeat

n.

1590s, from defeat (v.).

defeat

v.

late 14c., from Anglo-French defeter, from Old French desfait, past participle of desfaire "to undo," from Vulgar Latin *diffacere "undo, destroy," from Latin dis- "un-, not" (see dis-) + facere "to do, perform" (see factitious). Original sense was of "bring ruination, cause destruction." Military sense of "conquer" is c.1600. Related: Defeated; defeating.

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