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  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. 




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