verb (used with object)
Origin of defeat
Examples from the Web for defeat
He rebuffed calls to institute the death penalty, and his last term as governor ended in his defeat.Mario Cuomo, a Frustrating Hero to Democrats, Is Dead at 82|Eleanor Clift|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
After the defeat of ISIS in Sinjar, most other locals have been left wondering who might rule the city in the near future.Has the Kurdish Victory at Sinjar Turned the Tide of ISIS War?|Niqash|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That defeat was driven largely by Romney losing women voters by an insurmountable 11 points.
In recent days, there has been a subtle feeling of defeat permeating through the camp.
But it certainly contributed, and purposely so, to the defeat of the tough Likud hardliner Yitzhak Shamir in 1992.The Inside Story of U.S. Meddling in Israel’s Elections|Aaron David Miller|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The trace of anger was gone from Krafft's voice now and it was heavy with fatigue and defeat.Sense of Obligation|Henry Maxwell Dempsey (AKA Harry Harrison)
To defeat this intention became now the chief object of the British General.Matilda Montgomerie|Major (John) Richardson
But in 1904 the Democratic leaders, tired of defeat, turned desperately to the opposite wing of the party.
Pope's first battle, as leader of the Army of Virginia, had resulted in neither victory nor defeat.Battles of the Civil War|Thomas Elbert Vineyard
For the man who has no poise there is no snatching victory from defeat.Poise: How to Attain It|D. Starke
Word Origin for defeat
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.
1590s, from defeat (v.).