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Overview of noun defeat

The noun defeat has 2 senses? (first 2 from tagged texts)
1. (12) defeat, licking

(an unsuccessful ending to a struggle or contest; "it was a narrow defeat"; "the army's only defeat"; "they suffered a convincing licking")

2. (3) frustration, defeat

(the feeling that accompanies an experience of being thwarted in attaining your goals)


Overview of verb defeat

The verb defeat has 2 senses? (first 2 from tagged texts)
1. (14) get the better of, overcome, defeat

(win a victory over; "You must overcome all difficulties"; "defeat your enemies"; "He overcame his shyness"; "He overcame his infirmity"; "Her anger got the better of her and she blew up")

2. (5) kill, shoot down, defeat, vote down, vote out

(thwart the passage of; "kill a motion"; "he shot down the student's proposal")

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