(to) Defeat/(a) Defeat
When used as a verb we can say (or hear) that one team defeated another team; they beat another team. When a team loses a game they suffer a defeat – here it is used as a noun. So, in the recent Champions League tie between Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund, which City won 2-1, we could say any of the following (using defeat as a noun or a verb):
- Manchester City defeated Dortmund 2-1.
- Dortmund were defeated 2-1 by Manchester City.
- Dortmund suffered a defeat against Manchester City.
- Dortmund’s defeat to City was a tough one to take.
- Manchester City’s defeat of Dortmund was an important one.
- Example: Spain defeated Holland in the 2010 World Cup final.
- Example: Tottenham inflicted a heavy defeat on Arsenal.
- Example: Manchester United suffered a surprise defeat against Sunderland in the Premier League.