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1defeat/dɪˈfiːt/verb
defeatsdefeateddefeating
1defeat
/dɪˈfiːt/
verb
defeatsdefeateddefeating
Learner's definition of DEFEAT  
[+ object]
: to win a victory over (someone or something) in a war, contest, game, etc.
: to cause (someone or something) to fail
   b : to control or overcome (something)
— see also defeated
2defeat/dɪˈfiːt/noun
pluraldefeats
2defeat
/dɪˈfiːt/
noun
pluraldefeats
Learner's definition of DEFEAT  
: failure to succeed or to win
[noncount]
[count]
— usually singular
— opposite victory
[count] : the act of winning a victory over someone or something

go down to defeat

: to fail or lose: to be defeated
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