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defeatverb [T]

uk   /dɪˈfiːt/ us   /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. They defeated the Italian team and reached the final.
B2 to cause someone or something to fail: The proposal to change the rules was narrowly defeated (= by a very small number) 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).

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defeatnoun [C or U]

uk   /dɪˈfiːt/ us   /dɪˈfiːt/
B1 the fact of losing against someone in a fight or competition, or when someone or something is made to fail: In the last election, they suffered a crushing/humiliating defeat. After their defeat in battle, the soldiers surrendered. She admitted/conceded defeat well before all the votes had been counted.
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admit defeat
to accept that you cannot do something: I thought I could fix the radio myself, but I had to admit defeat.

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(Definition of defeat from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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defeatverb [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.

defeatnoun [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.
(Definition of defeat from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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