Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Word of the Day-21


bozguna uğratmak; mağlup etmek; son vermek; yenilgi; iptal etmek

to win a victory over someone in a fight, war or competition

Napoleon was defeated by the Duke of Wellington at the battle of Waterloo.
If we can defeat the Italian team, we'll be through to the final.

to cause someone or something to fail

The proposal to change the rules was narrowly (= only just) defeated by 201 votes to 196.
Our ambitions for this tournament have been defeated by the weather.
I'm afraid anything that involves language learning has always defeated me (= I have been unable to do it).

when someone loses against someone else in a fight or competition, or when someone or something is made to fail (noun)

At the last General Election, they suffered a crushing/humiliating defeat.
After their defeat in battle, the soldiers surrendered.
She admitted/conceded defeat well before all the votes had been counted.

admit defeat

to accept that you cannot do something

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