Definition for DE-FEAT'

DE-FEAT', v.t.

  1. To overcome or vanquish, as an army; to check, disperse or ruin by victory; to overthrow; applied to an army, or a division of troops; to a fleet, or to a commander. The English army defeated the French on the plains of Abraham. General Wolf defeated Montcalm. The French defeated the Austrians at Marengo.
  2. To frustrate; to prevent the success of; to disappoint. We say, our dearest hopes are often defeated. Then mayest thou for me defeat the counsel of Ahithophel. – 2 Sam. xv, and xvii.
  3. To render null and void; as, to defeat a title or an estate.
  4. To resist with success; as, to defeat an attempt or assault.

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