Meaning of “defeat” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb [ T ] us uk /dɪˈfiːt/

B1 to win against someone in a fight or competition:

She was defeated by an Australian player in the first round of the tournament.

More examples

  • Wales was defeated 5-1 by Norway.
  • William defeated him at the Battle of the Boyne.
  • He was defeated in the 1958 election.
  • She defeated Davenport 6-3, 6-1, 6-4.
  • He was defeated by three votes.

B2 to make someone or something fail:

The bill was narrowly defeated in parliament.

(Definition of “defeat verb” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)