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defeat - Dictionary definition and meaning for word defeat

(noun) an unsuccessful ending to a struggle or contest
Synonyms : licking
Example Sentence
  • it was a narrow defeat
  • the army's only defeat
  • they suffered a convincing licking

(noun) the feeling that accompanies an experience of being thwarted in attaining your goals
Synonyms : frustration

(verb) win a victory over
Example Sentence
  • 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

(verb) thwart the passage of
Synonyms : kill , shoot down , vote down , vote out
Example Sentence
  • kill a motion
  • he shot down the student's proposal

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