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Defeat


DEFEAT, noun

1. Overthrow; loss of battle; the check, rout, or destruction of an army by the victory of an enemy.

2. Successful resistance; as the defeat of an attack.

3. Frustration; a rendering null and void; as the defeat of a title.

4. Frustration; prevention of success; as the defeat of a plan or design.

DEFEAT, verb transitive

1. To overcome or vanquish, as an army; to check, disperse or ruin by victory; to overthrow; applies to an army, or a division of troops; to a fleet, or to a commander.

The English army defeated the French on the plains of Abraham. Gen. Wolf defeated Montcalm. The French defeated the Austrians at Marengo.

2. To frustrate; to prevent the success of; to disappoint.

Then mayest thou for me defeat the counsel of Ahithophel. 2 Sam. Xv. And xvii.

We say, our dearest hopes are often defeated.

3. To render null and void; as, to defeat a title or an estate.

4. To resist with success; as, to defeat an attempt or assault.