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English noun: defeat

1. defeat (event) an unsuccessful ending to a struggle or contest

SamplesIt was a narrow defeat.
The army's only defeat.
They suffered a convincing licking.


Broader (hypernym)conclusion, ending, failure, finish

Narrower (hyponym)debacle, drubbing, heartbreaker, lurch, rout, shutout, skunk, slaughter, thrashing, trouncing, walloping, waterloo, whipping, whitewash

Antonymstriumph, victory

2. defeat (feeling) the feeling that accompanies an experience of being thwarted in attaining your goals


Broader (hypernym)disappointment, letdown

English verb: defeat

1. defeat (competition) win a victory over

SamplesYou must overcome all difficulties.
Defeat your enemies.
He overcame his shyness.
He overcame his infirmity.
Her anger got the better of her and she blew up.

ExamplesThe fighter managed to defeat his opponent

Synonymsget the better of, overcome

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)beat, beat out, come through, conquer, crush, demolish, destroy, down, expel, lurch, make it, nose, overrun, pull round, pull through, rout, rout out, shell, skunk, survive, trounce, upset, vanquish, wallop

2. defeat (social) thwart the passage of

SamplesKill a motion.
He shot down the student's proposal.

Synonymskill, shoot down, vote down, vote out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)blackball, negative, veto

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