Definition of defeated in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɪˈfiːtɪd/


1Having been beaten in a battle or other contest: the defeated army
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  • Therefore a victorious army first wins and then seeks battle; a defeated army first battles and then seeks victory.
  • I felt like a defeated general after a battle as they parted to make way for me; I had to walk through their group, looking straight ahead, with every one of them staring at me.
  • Some narrowly defeated candidates battle on in the courts; others live to fight another day.
1.1Demoralized and overcome by adversity: she looked defeated, quite unlike her normal self
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  • At the final whistle, as I watched the defeated emerge blinking into the Californian sunlight, for the first time I felt sorry.
  • They performed in a responsible manner, and toward the defeated, demoralized Germans they were sensitive, caring and compassionate.
  • His service in Tunisia turned a defeated and demoralized II Corps around and made it proficient for battle in 11 days.



Example sentences
  • Jamie sighed defeatedly, too miserable to continue, and Koda dug into his pockets.
  • ‘We're done for today,’ Zukiwsky says defeatedly into his walkie-talkie.
  • To drive his point further home, Alan defeatedly looked at his watch and said, ‘I'd better get you home, Sweetheart.’

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