- n an unsuccessful ending to a struggle or contest
it was a narrow defeat
the army's only defeat
- n the feeling that accompanies an experience of being thwarted in attaining your goals
- v win a victory over
defeat your enemies
- v thwart the passage of
- Maritime security analysts say a combination of factors both on sea and land contributed to the pirates' near total defeat.
- And that the Jews, Hitler's special victims, might have had a crucial hand in his defeat indeed, that a French Jewess could have ignited her own holocaust of the Fhrer and .
- Terrorists would have seen our defeat as evidence America lacked the resolve to defeat them.
- Mitt Romney in RealClearPolitics (blog)
Referring to Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, Romney said, "They would retreat, declare defeat, and the consequence of that would be devastating."
- Bob Bradley in The Associated Press
A stinging, tough defeat,Bradley said. "We knew Ghana was a good team and we didn't get the job done."
- Barack Obama in msnbc.com
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.