defeat defeat  /dɪ ˈfit/


  1. (n) an unsuccessful ending to a struggle or contest
  2. (n) the feeling that accompanies an experience of being thwarted in attaining your goals
  3. (v) win a victory over
  4. (v) thwart the passage of


  1. Maritime security analysts say a combination of factors both on sea and land contributed to the pirates' near total defeat.
  2. Terrorists would have seen our defeat as evidence America lacked the resolve to defeat them.


  1. Miami Heat Defeat San Antonio to Tie NBA Finals at 2 Games Each

    Dwyane Wade had 32 points and the defending champion Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs 109-93 to even the National Basketball Association Finals at two games apiece and ensure the series will return to Miami.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Bloomberg

  2. Teams defeat Pirelli as plans to change Formula One tires are canned: Pirelli admits teams showed opposition to change

    Pirelli has admitted defeat in its attempts to change to Kevlar-belted rear tires from the British GP -- and admits that the decision due to ongoing opposition from some teams.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: AutoWeek

  3. After defeat, RSU 4 starts school budget over

    WALES — The morning after the school budget's defeat at the polls, RSU 4 Superintendent Jim Hodgkin said he expected to have a new, leaner budget before voters in four to six weeks.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: The Lewiston Sun Journal


  1. Referring to Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, Romney said, "They would retreat, declare defeat, and the consequence of that would be devastating."
    on Mar 10, 2008 By: Mitt Romney Source: RealClearPolitics (blog)

  2. "A stinging, tough defeat," Bradley said. "We knew Ghana was a good team and we didn't get the job done."
    on Jun 26, 2010 By: Bob Bradley Source: The Associated Press

  3. "Gen. Petraeus is a pivotal part of our effort to succeed in Afghanistan - and in our broader effort to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat al-Qaida - and he has my full confidence," Obama said in a statement shortly after the Senate's 99-0 vote.
    on Jun 30, 2010 By: Barack Obama Source:

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