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defeat

DEFEAT, n.

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, v.t.

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.



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DEFEAT, n.

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, v.t.

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.

DE-FEAT', n. [Fr. defaite, from defaire, to undo; de and faire.]

  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.

DE-FEAT', v.t.

  1. To overcome or vanquish, as an army; to check, disperse or ruin by victory; to overthrow; applied 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. General Wolf defeated Montcalm. The French defeated the Austrians at Marengo.
  2. To frustrate; to prevent the success of; to disappoint. We say, our dearest hopes are often defeated. Then mayest thou for me defeat the counsel of Ahithophel. – 2 Sam. xv, and xvii.
  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.

De*feat"
  1. To undo; to disfigure; to destroy.

    [Obs.]

    His unkindness may defeat my life. Shak.

  2. An undoing or annulling; destruction.

    [Obs.]

    Upon whose property and most dear life
    A damned defeat was made.
    Shak.

  3. To render null and void, as a title; to frustrate, as hope; to deprive, as of an estate.

    He finds himself naturally to dread a superior Being that can defeat all his designs, and disappoint all his hopes. Tillotson.

    The escheators . . . defeated the right heir of his succession. Hallam.

    In one instance he defeated his own purpose. A. W. Ward.

  4. Frustration by rendering null and void, or by prevention of success; as, the defeat of a plan or design.
  5. To overcome or vanquish, as an army; to check, disperse, or ruin by victory; to overthrow.
  6. An overthrow, as of an army in battle; loss of a battle; repulse suffered; discomfiture; -- opposed to victory.
  7. To resist with success; as, to defeat an assault.

    Sharp reasons to defeat the law. Shak.

    Syn. -- To baffle; disappoint; frustrate.

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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.

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