defeatverb [ T ]uk /dɪˈfiːt/ us /dɪˈfiːt/
Napoleon was defeated by the Duke of Wellington at the battle of Waterloo.
The proposal to change the rules was narrowly defeated (= by a very small number) by 201 votes to 196.
- The French were defeated at Waterloo in 1815.
- The team were overwhelmingly defeated in yesterday's game.
- The North defeated the South in the American Civil War.
- The bill was defeated in the Commons by 249 votes to 131.
- The four-times champion was unexpectedly defeated in the second round of the competition.
defeatnoun [ C or U ]uk /dɪˈfiːt/ us /dɪˈfiːt/
- The Democrats suffered a crushing defeat in the last election.
- Her silence was taken as an admission of defeat.
- He was famed for his stubborn resistance and his refusal to accept defeat.
- Saturday's 2-0 defeat dashed their hopes of reaching the final.
- His defeat in the world championship led to a long period of gloomy introspection.
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