(noun, verb)


1. an unsuccessful ending to a struggle or contest

- it was a narrow defeat

- the army's only defeat

Similar word(s): licking

Definition categories: event, conclusion, ending, finish, failure

2. the feeling that accompanies an experience of being thwarted in attaining your goals

Similar word(s): frustration

Definition categories: feeling, disappointment, letdown


1. win a victory over

- defeat your enemies

Similar word(s): overcome

Definition categories: competition

2. thwart the passage of

Similar word(s): kill

Definition categories: social, blackball, negative, veto

Sentences with defeat as a verb:

- Wellington defeated Napoleon at Waterloo.