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Definition 1: an unsuccessful ending to a struggle or contest - [noun denoting event]

Samples where defeat or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • it was a narrow defeat
  • the army's only defeat
  • they suffered a convincing licking

Synonyms for defeat in the sense of this definition

(defeat is a kind of ...) event whose occurrence ends something

"his death marked the ending of an era" "when these final episodes are broadcast it will be the finish of the show"

(defeat is a kind of ...) an event that does not accomplish its intended purpose

"the surprise party was a complete failure"

(... is a kind of defeat ) a narrow defeat or a defeat at the last minute

(... is a kind of defeat ) a decisive defeat in a game (especially in cribbage)

(... is a kind of defeat ) an overwhelming defeat

(... is a kind of defeat ) a defeat in a game where one side fails to score

(... is a kind of defeat ) a sound defeat

(... is a kind of defeat ) a final crushing defeat

"he met his waterloo"

(... is a kind of defeat ) a defeat in which the losing person or team fails to score

Definition 2: the feeling that accompanies an experience of being thwarted in attaining your goals - [noun denoting feeling]

Synonyms for defeat in the sense of this definition

(defeat is a kind of ...) a feeling of dissatisfaction that results when your expectations are not realized

"his hopes were so high he was doomed to disappointment"

Definition 3: win a victory over - [verb of competition]

Samples where defeat or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • You 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

Synonyms for defeat in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of defeat ) defeat soundly and humiliatingly

"The home team demolished the visitors"

(... is a kind of defeat ) overcome by conquest

"conquer your fears" "conquer a country"

(... is a kind of defeat ) defeat by a narrow margin

(... is a kind of defeat ) defeat suddenly and unexpectedly

"The foreign team upset the local team"

(... is a kind of defeat ) cause to flee

"rout out the fighters from their caves"

(... is a kind of defeat ) defeat by a lurch

(... is a kind of defeat ) seize the position of and defeat

"the Crusaders overran much of the Holy Land"

(... is a kind of defeat ) bring down or defeat (an opponent)

(... is a kind of defeat ) defeat soundly and utterly

"We'll wallop them!"

(... is a kind of defeat ) come out better in a competition, race, or conflict

"Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship" "We beat the competition" "Harvard defeated Yale in the last football game"

(... is a kind of defeat ) continue in existence after (an adversity, etc.)

"He survived the cancer against all odds"

Samples where defeat or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • kill a motion
  • he shot down the student's proposal

Synonyms for defeat in the sense of this definition

(defeat is a kind of ...) vote against; refuse to endorse; refuse to assent

"The President vetoed the bill"

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