The word "defeat" is very similar to the word "beat."

  • Our team defeated the other team because we played harder and we worked together.
  • Our team beat the other team.
  • John defeated his opponent in the second round of boxing.
  • His opponent was defeated in the second round. (This sentence is in the passive voice, past tense.)
  • The army had hoped to quickly defeat the rebellion, but it didn’t.
  • Microsoft usually defeats its competitiors, but lately it has been losing ground.

You can also use "defeat" as a noun:

  • The team experienced a major deafeat.
  • This is a defeat that they will not forget.
  • The defeat was felt by the entire nation.
  • Goliath went down in defeat against David who was much smaller but very smart.

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The word "defeated" can be used as an adjective.

  • There was not a warm welcome for the defeated team upon its return home.
  • The defeated country had to change its borders after the war was over.
  • Maria didn’t do very well in school this semester. She feels defeated.

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This page was first published on August 5, 2012. It was updated on March 12, 2016.