Definition of defeated in English:



  • 1Having been beaten in a battle or other contest.

    ‘the defeated army’
    • ‘After a successful campaign by the United States Army, the defeated tribesmen were forced to surrender at the agencies.’
    • ‘It was one of five agreed exit routes for the defeated army to take in its retreat.’
    • ‘It sounds like a conquering army occupying a defeated city.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘War in the later seventeenth century was becoming a bloodier business, with considerably higher casualties sustained not just by the defeated army but also by the victors.’
    • ‘He had dallied for weeks before pursuing the defeated Confederate army into Virginia, even resisting direct orders to advance.’
    • ‘Eventually, he joined the ragged retreat of a defeated army, trudging through sub-zero temperatures from the Volga to Germany.’
    • ‘The general of the defeated army escaped the war into the badland.’
    • ‘Some narrowly defeated candidates battle on in the courts; others live to fight another day.’
    • ‘Then they would disband the defeated regime's army, turning hundreds of thousands of trained soldiers into disgruntled potential insurgents.’
    • ‘The public would deride and ruin the general of the defeated army, but the youth told himself that he cared not at all about the generals and trusted the opinion of the public very little.’
    • ‘The application, for a horse and rider, representing the victorious Yorkists and a riderless one as the defeated Lancastrians, has been made by the Battle Field Society.’
    • ‘Determined not to appear the defeated army, they refused urging to decommission weapons.’
    • ‘It has been preserved to this day on Taiwan, where the defeated armies of Chiang Kai Shek fled in 1949.’
    • ‘This underworld is also bringing to the surface a plethora of weaponry, unexploded bombs, rotting gas masks, first aid kits and ration packs, unopened since the day they were left by a defeated army.’
    • ‘The plan began well at Gumbinnen on 20 August, when Rennenkampf's First Army defeated eight divisions of the German 8th Army on its eastern front.’
    • ‘Mzilikazi consolidated his army from defeated tribes, and by the mid-1820s he controlled a large area.’
    • ‘Fighting has continued to this day, but General Burnside and his defeated Army of the Potomac have retreated across the Potomac.’
    • ‘Therefore a victorious army first wins and then seeks battle; a defeated army first battles and then seeks victory.’
    ruined, doomed, lost, bankrupt, wrecked, broken, beaten, thwarted
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    1. 1.1 Demoralized and overcome by adversity.
      ‘she looked defeated, quite unlike her normal self’
      • ‘Handed a dispirited, defeated force, he instilled into it the will to win.’
      • ‘Karen runs up the stairs after her, as a defeated and dejected Mrs. Tilford slouches out the door.’
      • ‘They performed in a responsible manner, and toward the defeated, demoralized Germans they were sensitive, caring and compassionate.’
      • ‘I was quite disappointed to discover a rather defeated looking Devon taking a little rest on my locker.’
      • ‘His service in Tunisia turned a defeated and demoralized II Corps around and made it proficient for battle in 11 days.’
      • ‘At the final whistle, as I watched the defeated emerge blinking into the Californian sunlight, for the first time I felt sorry.’
      • ‘One by one, each one turned their defeated eyes upon the discouraged paramedics and stunned police officer that stood just on the opposite side of the doors.’
      beaten, vanquished, overpowered, overwhelmed, subdued
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