defeat

[ dih-feet ]
/ dɪˈfit /

verb (used with object)

noun


Nearby words

  1. defaulter,
  2. defcon,
  3. defeasance,
  4. defease,
  5. defeasible,
  6. defeatism,
  7. defeatist,
  8. defeature,
  9. defecate,
  10. defecation

Origin of defeat

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

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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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British Dictionary definitions for defeat

defeat

/ (dɪˈfiːt) /

verb (tr)

to overcome in a contest or competition; win a victory over
to thwart or frustratethis accident has defeated all his hopes of winning
law to render null and void; annul

noun

Derived Formsdefeater, noun

Word Origin for defeat

C14: from Old French desfait, from desfaire to undo, ruin, from des- dis- 1 + faire to do, from Latin facere

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