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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Defeat  \De*feat"\,  n.  [Cf.  F.  d['e]faite,  fr  d['e]faire.  See 
  {Defeat},  v.] 
  1.  An  undoing  or  annulling;  destruction.  [Obs.] 
 
  Upon  whose  property  and  most  dear  life  A  damned 
  defeat  was  made  --Shak. 
 
  2.  Frustration  by  rendering  null  and  void,  or  by  prevention 
  of  success;  as  the  defeat  of  a  plan  or  design. 
 
  3.  An  overthrow,  as  of  an  army  in  battle;  loss  of  a  battle; 
  repulse  suffered;  discomfiture;  --  opposed  to  victory. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Defeat  \De*feat"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Defeated};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Defeating}.]  [From  F.  d['e]fait,  OF  desfait  p.  p.  ofe 
  d['e]faire,  OF  desfaire  to  undo;  L.  dis-  +  facere  to  do 
  See  {Feat},  {Fact},  and  cf  {Disfashion}.] 
  1.  To  undo;  to  disfigure;  to  destroy.  [Obs.] 
 
  His  unkindness  may  defeat  my  life.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  To  render  null  and  void,  as  a  title;  to  frustrate,  as 
  hope;  to  deprive,  as  of  an  estate. 
 
  He  finds  himself  naturally  to  dread  a  superior  Being 
  that  can  defeat  all  his  designs,  and  disappoint  all 
  his  hopes.  --Tillotson. 
 
  The  escheators  .  .  .  defeated  the  right  heir  of  his 
  succession.  --Hallam. 
 
  In  one  instance  he  defeated  his  own  purpose.  --A.  W. 
  Ward. 
 
  3.  To  overcome  or  vanquish,  as  an  army;  to  check,  disperse, 
  or  ruin  by  victory;  to  overthrow. 
 
  4.  To  resist  with  success;  as  to  defeat  an  assault. 
 
  Sharp  reasons  to  defeat  the  law.  --Shak. 
 
  Syn:  To  baffle;  disappoint;  frustrate. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  defeat 
  n  1:  an  unsuccessful  ending  [syn:  {licking}]  [ant:  {victory}] 
  2:  the  feeling  that  accompanies  an  experience  of  being  thwarted 
  in  attaining  your  goals  [syn:  {frustration}] 
  v  1:  win  a  victory  over  "You  must  overcome  all  difficulties"; 
  "defeat  your  enemies";  "He  overcame  his  shyness";  "She 
  conquered  here  fear  of  mice";  "He  overcame  his 
  infirmity"  [syn:  {overcome}] 
  2:  thwart  the  passage  of  "kill  a  motion"  [syn:  {kill},  {vote 
  down},  {vote  out}] 




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