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Definition of defeat noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] failure to win or to be successful The party faces defeat in the election. a narrow/heavy defeat The world champion has only had two defeats in 20 fights. They finally had to admit defeat (= stop trying to be successful).
  2. 2[countable, usually singular] the act of winning a victory over someone or something the defeat of fascism
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: defeat