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English definition of “defeat”

defeat

noun
 
 
/dɪˈfiːt/
LOSE [C, U] B1 an occasion when someone loses against someone else in a fight or competition: The Chicago Cubs have suffered their worst defeat of the season.Winning and defeatingScoring, winning and losing in sport
FAIL [no plural] B2 an occasion when someone or something is made to fail: the defeat of apartheidFailing and doing badly
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