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Main Entry: 1de·feat
Pronunciation: di-'fEt, dE-
Function: transitive verb
Etymology: Middle English deffeten, from Anglo-French defait, past participle of defaire, desfaire to destroy, from Medieval Latin disfacere, from Latin dis- + facere to do -- more at DO
Date: 14th century
1 obsolete : DESTROY
2 a : NULLIFY <defeat an estate> b : FRUSTRATE 2a(1) <defeat a hope>
3 : to win victory over : BEAT <defeat the opposing team>
synonym see CONQUER
- de·feat·able /-'fE-t&-b&l/ adjective