defeat - definition and synonyms

 
 
verb [transitive] 

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/dɪˈfiːt/
present tense
I/you/we/theydefeat
he/she/itdefeats
present participledefeating
past tensedefeated
past participledefeated
  1. 1
    to win against someone in a game, fight, or election

    Bilbao defeated Salamanca by 2–1.

  2. 2
    if something defeats you, it is so difficult that you are unable to do it

    new locks that will defeat most thieves

  3. 3
    to prevent something from happening or being successful

    The proposal was defeated by 16 votes to 5.