Synonyms of defeat in English:

defeat

verb

  • 1 the victorious army which defeated the Scots at Halidon Hill
    beat, conquer, win against, win a victory over, triumph over, prevail over, get the better of, best, worst, vanquish; rout, trounce, overcome, overpower, overthrow, overwhelm, crush, quash, bring someone to their knees; quell, subjugate, subdue, repulse
    informal lick, thrash, hammer, whip, wipe the floor with, walk all over, give someone a hiding, take to the cleaners, blow out of the water, run rings round/around, make mincemeat of, clobber, paste, pound, pulverize, crucify, murder, massacre, slaughter, demolish, drub, give someone a drubbing, cane, zap, flatten, turn inside out, tank
    British informal stuff, marmalize
    North American informal blow out, cream, shellac, skunk, slam
    US informal own
    [Antonyms] lose to
  • 2 budgets should not be so complex that they defeat their purpose
    thwart, block, frustrate, prevent, foil, baulk, ruin, put a stop to, scotch, obviate, forestall, debar, snooker, derail; obstruct, impede, hinder, hamper, deter, discomfit
    British informal scupper, put the mockers on, nobble
    [Antonyms] advance assist
  • 3 the motion was defeated
    reject, overthrow, throw out, dismiss, outvote, spurn, rebuff, turn down
    informal give the thumbs down
    [Antonyms] pass
  • 4 I managed to fit to the machine, but how to make it work defeats me
    baffle, puzzle, perplex, bewilder, mystify, bemuse, confuse, confound, frustrate, nonplus, throw
    informal beat, flummox, discombobulate, faze, stump, fox, be all Greek to
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  • 1 a crippling defeat for the government
    loss, beating, conquest, conquering, besting, worsting, vanquishing, vanquishment, {game, set, and match}; rout, trouncing, overpowering, subjugation, subduing; reverse, debacle, downfall
    informal thrashing, hiding, drubbing, licking, hammering, whipping, clobbering, pasting, pounding, pulverizing, massacre, slaughter, demolition, caning, flattening
    [Antonyms] victory
  • 2 the defeat of his plans
    failure, downfall, breakdown, collapse, ruin, lack of success, discomfiture, rejection, frustration, foundering, misfiring, overthrow, abortion, miscarriage; undoing, reverse; disappointment, setback
    [Antonyms] success
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