defeat

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Plain form
defeat

Third-person singular
defeats

Past tense
defeated

Past participle
defeated

Present participle
defeating

  1. (transitive) If you defeat someone, you win against them in a game, battle, or contest.
    South Africa defeated Zimbabwe (170) by four wickets with four balls to spare.
    American forces defeated a small band of fighters in a three-hour street battle last night.
    When I was in school, I was good at English, but science always defeated me.

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Singular
defeat

Plural
defeats

  1. (countable & uncountable) A defeat is a loss in a game, battle, or contest.
    Dole went down in defeat in last night's elections.