1 noun
deā€§feat1 W3 [uncountable and countable]
1 failure to win or succeedCOLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS
admit/accept/concede defeat suffer a defeat (=experience a defeat) a heavy/humiliating/crushing/resounding defeat a narrow defeat (=by only a small amount) inflict a defeat on somebody
She was a woman who hated to admit defeat.
The Democratic Party candidate has already conceded defeat.
defeat in
The socialist party suffered a crushing defeat in the French elections.
The captain offered no excuses for his team's humiliating defeat.
Italy's narrow defeat in their game with Germany
They inflicted a heavy defeat on the Government's plans to tighten asylum controls.
2 victory over someone or something
defeat of
The defeat of the army was followed by the establishment of constitutional government.

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