Another word for defeat
A state of being worsted
Defeat in war
repulse, reverse, rebuff, conquest, rout, overthrow, subjugation, subduing, vanquishment, destruction, breakdown, collapse, downfall, extermination, annihilation, crushing, check, trap, ambush, breakthrough, encirclement, withdrawal, pincer movement, setback, stalemate, ruin, blow, loss, fall, slaughter, butchery, massacre, debacle, Waterloo; see also sense 3; destruction 1.
Defeat in personal encounters and sport
beating, whipping, thrashing, fall, count, drubbing, repulse, comedown, upset, frustration, checkmate, shutout, knockout, licking*, battering*, pasting*, trouncing*, walloping*, whaling*, thumping*, scalping*, trimming*, cropper*, black eye*, dud*, shellacking*, clobbering*, creaming*, slaughter*, massacre*, hiding*, whitewashing*, lacing*, KO*, no go*, the old one-two*; see also sense 2.
To get the better of another
master, baffle, surmount, best, worst, undo, block, thwart, disconcert, frustrate, balk, spoil, nullify, neutralize, quell, subdue, overpower, crush, break, subjugate, vanquish, get the best of, triumph over, beat down, foil, outwit, puzzle, disappoint, contravene, circumvent, cross, checkmate, outargue, refute, outdo, overturn, rebut, expose, silence, overmatch, nonplus, counterplot, disprove, put an end to, invalidate, cast down, scatter to the winds, reduce to silence, be too much for, give the coup de grÃ¡ce to, give a setback to, take the wind out of one's sails*, stump*, steamroller*, have by the short hairs*, lay by the heels*, cook one's goose*, put down*, euchre*; see also senses 2, 3; confute, win 1.
To worst in war
overcome, vanquish, conquer, rout, entrap, subdue, overrun, prevail over, overthrow, subjugate, crush, smash, drive off, discomfit, annihilate, overwhelm, scatter, repulse, halt, reduce, outflank, finish off, encircle, slaughter, butcher, outmaneuver, ambush, repel, demolish, parry, sack, bomb, torpedo, sink, shipwreck, drown, swamp, countermine, put to flight, split up, wipe out, decimate, obliterate, roll back, outgeneral, mop up*, chew up*, mow down*, trample in the dust*, trample under foot*, drive to the wall*; see also senses 1, 3; destroy 1, ravage.
To worst in sport or in personal combat
beat, overpower, outplay, win, knock out, throw, floor, pummel, pound, flog, outhit, outrun, outjump, thrash, upset, edge out*, nose out*, shade*, lay low*, skin*, drub*, trim*, lick*, wallop*, trounce*, shellac*, whip*, cream*, clobber*, whomp*, zap*, clean up on*, beat up*, take*, KO*, scalp*, skin alive*, run roughshod over*, snooker*, put down*, take to the cleaners*, beat the socks off of*, beat the pants off of*, pulverize*, plow under*, smear*, massacre*, make mincemeat out of*, mop the floor with*, goose-egg*, hang a win on*, blank*, shut out*, skunk*, snow under*; see also senses 1, 2; beat 2.
Another word for defeatverb
To win a victory over, as in battle or a competition:beat, best, conquer, master, overcome, prevail against (or over), rout, subdue, subjugate, surmount, triumph over, vanquish, worst. (Informal) trim, whip. (Slang) ace, lick. Idioms: carry (or win) the day, get (or have) the best of, get (or have) the better of, go someone one better. See win
To prevent from accomplishing a purpose:baffle, balk, check, checkmate, foil, frustrate, stymie, thwart. (Informal) cross, stump. Idiom: cut the ground from under. See allow