Defeat

Definition of Defeat

De`feat´
v. t.1.To undo; to disfigure; to destroy.
[imp. & p. p. Defeated; p. pr. & vb. n. Defeating.]
His unkindness may defeat my life.
- Shak.
2.To render null and void, as a title; to frustrate, as hope; to deprive, as of an estate.
He finds himself naturally to dread a superior Being that can defeat all his designs, and disappoint all his hopes.
- Tillotson.
The escheators . . . defeated the right heir of his succession.
- Hallam.
In one instance he defeated his own purpose.
- A. W. Ward.
3.To overcome or vanquish, as an army; to check, disperse, or ruin by victory; to overthrow.
4.To resist with success; as, to defeat an assault.
Sharp reasons to defeat the law.
- Shak.
n.1.An undoing or annulling; destruction.
Upon whose property and most dear life
A damned defeat was made.
- Shak.
2.Frustration by rendering null and void, or by prevention of success; as, the defeat of a plan or design.
3.An overthrow, as of an army in battle; loss of a battle; repulse suffered; discomfiture; - opposed to victory.

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