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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
Translations of “defeat”
in Korean 패배…
in Arabic هَزيمة…
in Portuguese derrota…
in Catalan derrota…
in Japanese 負け…
in Italian sconfitta…
in Chinese (Traditional) 失敗, 戰敗, 落敗…
in Russian поражение, разгром, крушение…
in Turkish yenilgi, mağlubiyet, yenilme…
in Chinese (Simplified) 失败, 战败, 落败…
in Polish porażka, przegrana, klęska…
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