Definition of defeat noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//dɪˈfiːt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfiːt//
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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 somebody/something the defeat of fascism
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘undo, destroy, annul’): from Old French desfait ‘undone’, past participle of desfaire, from medieval Latin disfacere ‘undo’.Extra examples A skilful politician can always reverse any defeats. She is very determined, and will never admit defeat. The army inflicted a heavy defeat on rebel forces. The battle ended in a humiliating defeat. The prime minister conceded defeat and resigned. The team suffered defeat at the hands of their oldest rivals. The team went down to their fifth consecutive defeat. Their party suffered a heavy defeat in the election. They lost 4 - 3 in their second narrow defeat of the week. They turned a military defeat into a media victory. We just need to avoid defeat in our last two games. last week’s crushing defeat against Manchester United their defeat by the Brazilians He almost pulled off a shock defeat of the reigning champion. He was gracious in defeat, acknowledging his opponent’s greater skill. They finally had to admit defeat. They played a key role in Wellington’s defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo.
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