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1. defeat

verb. ['dɪˈfiːt'] win a victory over.

Synonyms

  • trounce
  • nose
  • pull through
  • conquer
  • expel
  • beat
  • destroy
  • beat out
  • skunk
  • pull round
  • lurch
  • overcome
  • get the better of
  • down
  • overrun
  • rout
  • wallop
  • shell
  • demolish
  • survive
  • make it
  • crush
  • rout out
  • upset
  • come through

Antonyms

  • louden
  • repatriate
  • refresh
  • stand still

Etymology

  • desfait (French)

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Words that Rhyme with Defeat

  • uncomplete
  • noncompete
  • indiscreet
  • incomplete
  • vanvliet
  • vanfleet
  • obsolete
  • mistreat
  • marquerite
  • marguerite
  • excrete
  • discrete
  • discreet
  • concrete
  • complete
  • secrete
  • retreat
  • replete
  • downbeat
  • deplete
  • conceit
  • compete
  • bufete
  • bridgette
  • backseat
  • unseat
  • streett
  • street
  • shumeet
  • repeat

Example sentences of the word defeat


1. Verb, base form
Frustrated and close to defeat, he decided to hack his own body.

2. Noun, singular or mass
Pass through levels and defeat villains such as Clayface, the Riddler and the Joker.

3. Verb, past tense
Find Killer Croc and defeat him with batarangs and basic attacks.

4. Verb, non-3rd person singular present
Antibiotic resistance is the development of bacterial mechanisms that defeat the disruptive effects of antibiotics.

Quotes containing the word defeat


1. There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope.
- Bernard Williams

2. Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.
- George Edward Woodberry

3. Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure. The way you think about a fact may defeat you before you ever do anything about it. You are overcome by the fact because you think you are.
- Norman Vincent Peale

2. defeat

noun. ['dɪˈfiːt'] an unsuccessful ending to a struggle or contest.

Synonyms

  • walloping
  • waterloo
  • finish
  • licking
  • whipping
  • thrashing
  • ending
  • skunk
  • lurch
  • conclusion
  • rout
  • shutout
  • failure
  • debacle
  • drubbing
  • slaughter
  • whitewash
  • heartbreaker

Antonyms

  • beginning
  • victory
  • lose
  • praise

Etymology

  • desfait (French)

3. defeat

verb. ['dɪˈfiːt'] thwart the passage of.

Synonyms

  • blackball
  • vote down
  • negative
  • kill
  • shoot down
  • vote out

Antonyms

  • rested
  • make
  • raise
  • assemble

Etymology

  • desfait (French)

4. defeat

noun. ['dɪˈfiːt'] the feeling that accompanies an experience of being thwarted in attaining your goals.

Synonyms

  • disappointment
  • letdown

Antonyms

  • back
  • pull
  • deteriorate

Etymology

  • desfait (French)
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