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English definition of “defeat”

defeat

verb [T]     /dɪˈfiːt/
B1 to win against someone in a fight , war , or competition : Napoleon was defeated by the Duke of Wellington at the battle of Waterloo. If we can defeat the Italian team , we'll be through to the final . → See also self-defeatingWinning and defeatingScoring, winning and losing in sport B2 to cause someone or something to fail : The proposal to change the rules was narrowly (= only just) defeated by 201 votes to 196. Our ambitions for this tournament have been defeated by the weather . I'm afraid anything that involves language learning has always defeated me (= I have been unable to do it).Winning and defeatingScoring, winning and losing in sport
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