Translation of defeat in Spanish:

defeat

derrota, n.

Pronunciation /dəˈfit//dɪˈfiːt/

noun

  • 1

    (by opponent)
    derrota feminine
    after their defeat of the rebels tras derrotar a los rebeldes
    • to suffer (a) defeat sufrir una derrota
    • they suffered (a) defeat at the hands of the Turks fueron derrotados por los turcos
    • to accept / admit defeat darse por vencido
    • It's not helped by an Opposition that has failed to respect its time-honoured tradition of turning on and devouring itself after successive election defeats.
    • They haven't even begun - after two election defeats!
    • ‘The first 12 months after an election defeat are always difficult,’ Smith said.
    • She was a representative for Dun Laoghaire from February 1987 until her defeat in the general election of June 1989.
    • Michelle has not let her recent defeat at the local elections dampen her spirits, and was, in fact, encouraged by the results.
    • They have made no progress between their landslide defeat in the 1997 election and their second defeat in 2001.
    • He lost his job after a shock defeat at the local elections in June.
    • Election defeats are being interpreted by some as a referendum on the presidency.
    • Nixon's performance in this debate was in part instrumental in his defeat and the election of John F. Kennedy to the White house in the November 1960.
    • It was always going to be difficult to get all of us in the same city on the same day and despite frantic juggling we've had to admit a temporary defeat.
    • But despite this fact the party has been uprooted from the political arena with defeats in both the elections.
    • The two election defeats were put down to an inability to convince the electorate that they could be trusted with the nation's finances.
    • They lived the illusion of victory in every one of their lost battles, and to this day we refuse to admit our defeats.
    • After the election defeat in May 2004, the Party has gone through a series of crises.
    • The 1940 election saw the defeat of then Mayor Telford.
  • 2

    Politics
    (of motion, bill)
    rechazo masculine
    the motion suffered a defeat la moción fue rechazada
  • 3

    (of hopes, plans)
    fracaso masculine

transitive verb

  • 1

    (opponent) derrotar
    (opponent) vencer
    • In 1644, the Royalist troops were defeated in the battle of Marston Moor.
    • Ecgberht had blood claims on the kingdom of the West Saxons and probably Kent; he became briefly king of the Mercians after defeating their king in battle.
    • The Allies defeated him in battle over the course of the next two years, and finally, on March 31, 1814, Paris fell.
    • On an incursion into Northumberland, he was defeated at the battle of Stamford Bridge.
    • The Egyptian army was defeated at the battle of Tell el-Kebir.
    • Brooks scored his first Atlanta Dragway victory when he defeated Steve Adams in the Super Pro final.
    • In 1715, Jacobite rebels were defeated at the battle of Preston.
    • The Prussian army invaded Baden, defeated the rebels, and forced the last remnants of the German revolution to capitulate in the fortress of Rastatt on 23 July.
    • After defeating Harold at the Battle of Hastings, William gained control over England by the use of the Feudal System.
    • She was an Amazon warrior queen before Theseus defeated her in battle, also winning her heart.
    • Unlike conventional warfare, they are not seeking to take territory or defeat us in open battle.
    • Henry Tudor succeeded to the throne in 1485, after defeating Richard in the Battle of Bosworth.
    • At Lewes, on May 14th, 1264, he defeated Henry III in battle.
    • The rebels were defeated at the battle of Sedgemoor.
    • From page he became confidential emissary to James, and in 1685 after playing a decisive part in defeating Monmouth's rebel army he became a major-general.
    • When William defeated Harold at the Battle of Hastings in 1066, it changed the future of English forever.
    • Sun Tzu says defeating the enemy without battle requires greater skill than winning on the battlefield.
    • I am defeating you in this battle and you perfectly know it’ said Mareki with a smile.
    • Regular troops can also attain better experience levels by surviving battles and defeating enemies.
    • There was nothing like the feeling of meeting another in battle, the power of wielding a sword, and the victory of defeating the enemy.
  • 2

    (hopes/plans) frustrar
    we were defeated in our attempt to climb Everest nuestro intento de escalar el Everest se vio frustrado
    • it was lack of funds that defeated us fue la falta de fondos lo que nos hizo fracasar
    • to defeat one's own ends/purpose ir en contra de sus (or mis etc.) propios intereses
    • However, the motion was defeated by 80 votes to 24.
    • In fact disclosure of their meaning would defeat their very object in sending them.
    • The motion was defeated by just one vote last year, but even since then, there is a far more liberal attitude within the association.
    • It would surely defeat the object of the exercise if we were to give everything away for free?
    • The team defeated the motion which was ‘That child labour is a necessity in the developing world.’
    • Paradoxically, it drove people to take the law into their own hands more than ever before defeating the purported objective behind the law.
    • The motion was defeated by a razor thin vote of 137 to 132.
    • Are you now glad that both proposals were defeated?
    • It was a clever stratagem for defeating the tax proposals without incurring the popular odium for doing so.
    • Labour eventually defeated the motion 26 votes to 23.
    • Otherwise travellers will need to find alternative ways of getting to London - defeating an object of traffic reduction.
    • This will defeat the object of a by-pass which will soon become full with short distance commuters.
    • When that motion was defeated, another was created to add an item to the agenda to further discuss the interpretation of the proxy voting bylaw.
    • We were in danger of becoming a call centre - which defeated the objective of being a technology-based solution.
    • Thirdly, it is the accused himself who, by drinking after the event, defeats the aim of the legislature by doing something which makes the scientific test potentially unreliable.
    • The Outer Ring Road was designed to keep truck traffic away from the city, but the growth of the suburbs defeated this objective.
    • Its spokeswoman Nancy Webster said she feared the high charges would defeat the object of the legislation.
    • I, of course, prefer giving the constitution's limits effect over a restraint that defeat the constitution's aim.
    • Having too many choices not only defeats the objective of providing each of us with a neater fit but it inflates our sense of self-importance.
    • This proposal was defeated and since then there has been considerable debate as to how to respond to the Supreme Court decision.
    • When it was initially proposed early in 2001, the motion was defeated by the combined votes of the Fianna Fail and Fine Gael councillors.
    • Three years after a referendum in which a republican proposal was defeated, the movement remains alive, although it has no obvious path toward attaining its goal.
    • On my first run, he stopped chortling long enough to point out that to use your legs as brakes the whole way down the hill is rather defeating the object.
    • If the proposal is defeated the developers could build a 100-foot tower on the same site, but none of the community bonuses would be included in the deal.
    • They can be satisfied by ritualistic observance with little meaning, defeating their intended objectives.
    • The closure of a further service facility in rural areas will completely defeat this aim.
    • A problem that has to be dealt with immediately, however, is the influx of people into Alexandra, defeating the objective of de-densifying the overcrowded township.
    • The proposal was soundly defeated in a recorded vote with only 11 voting for the motion. 67 voted against and there were 11 abstentions.
    • The motion was defeated at Holyrood on Thursday.
    • The counter proposal was defeated by 6 votes to 2.
    • Besides, the big clearing banks would probably refuse to honour the holiday and stay open, defeating the object of ‘coming together as a nation’ or whatever else it is people do on their national days.
    • They invoked the Armageddon option and started threatening to table a vote of confidence in the Government if the rebels defeated the proposal.
    • Coimbatore's roadside parks and islands stand to defeat the very objective of road-safety.
    • The ‘don't knows’ have melted to 45, and the motion is defeated by 400 to 265.
    • The Senate defeats proposals to roll back overtime pay.
    • The motion was subsequently defeated by 26 votes to 24 at a council meeting in June 12, 1992.
    • Inclusion of modern subjects would defeat this objective.
    • ‘If we grant one temporary permission we would have to grant them all, which defeats the object of the law,’ he said.
    • But quite frankly if it's going to rain all week then the object has been defeated.
    • This proposal was defeated in the UN General Assembly by 60 votes to 15, with 39 abstentions.
  • 3

    (opposition/government) derrotar
    (amendment/bill/motion) rechazar
  • 4informal

    (baffle)
    it defeats me no alcanzo a comprenderlo
    • For reasons that defeat us, The Road Goes On Forever has been out of print for 20 years.
    • Every time you think you have a handle on it, you are simply defeated by the impossible vastness of even the smallest aspects of space.
    • While some may see this as an instance of human narcissism defeating scientific understanding, we would do better to see it as a reason for tempering the narcissism of science.