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defeat

verb [T]  us   /dɪˈfit/
to oppose and cause someone to lose in a competition or war so that you can win: Bill Clinton defeated George Bush for the presidency in 1992.

defeat

noun [C/U]  us   /dɪˈfit/
success in competition with an opponent, causing the opponent to lose so that you can win: [U] In the American Civil War, the North’s defeat of the South involved tremendous loss of life on both sides. A defeat is also the action or fact of losing a competition or war: [C] This was the team’s fifth straight defeat.
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