verb (used with object), beat, beat·en or beat, beat·ing.
verb (used without object), beat, beat·en or beat, beat·ing.
- the audible, visual, or mental marking of the metrical divisions of music.
- a stroke of the hand, baton, etc., marking the time division or an accent for music during performance.
- to search through; scour: After beating about for several hours, he turned up the missing papers.
- Nautical. to tack into the wind.
- to bring into subjection; subdue.
- Informal. to persuade (a seller) to lower the price of something: His first price was too high, so we tried to beat him down.
- to ward off; repulse: We had to beat off clouds of mosquitoes.
- Slang: Vulgar. to masturbate.
- Informal. to defeat; win or be chosen over: to beat out the competition.
- Carpentry. to cut (a mortise).
- to produce hurriedly, especially by writing or typing: There are three days left to beat out the first draft of the novel.
- Baseball. (of a hitter) to make (an infield ground ball or bunt) into a hit: He beat out a weak grounder to third.
- Also beat up on . to strike repeatedly so as to cause painful injury; thrash: A gang of toughs beat him up on the way home from school. In the third round the champion really began to beat up on the challenger.
- British Informal. to find or gather; scare up: I'll beat up some lunch for us while you make out the shopping list.
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OTHER WORDS FROM beatbeat·a·ble, adjectiveo·ver·beat, verb, o·ver·beat, o·ver·beat·en or o·ver·beat, o·ver·beat·ing.un·der·beat, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH beatbeat , beet
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Example sentences from the Web for beat
With some limitations on the usual nonconference games that help poll voters gauge teams, Gonzaga managed to get wins over ranked teams Virginia, West Virginia and Iowa, plus Kansas and Auburn, while Baylor beat No.College basketball’s kingdoms have gone haywire — in case you just started paying attention|Chuck Culpepper|February 12, 2021|Washington Post
Many of the competitions were spectacles, drawing large crowds with elaborate lights and window-rattling beats, but the sport was driven by independent event promoters without any movement trained on the Olympics.How break dancing made the leap from ’80s pop culture to the Olympic stage|Rick Maese|February 9, 2021|Washington Post
They played a heck of a game defensively and offensively to beat us.That really was one of the least enjoyable Super Bowls of all time|Neil Greenberg|February 9, 2021|Washington Post
For freshwater paddling, it’s hard to beat the scenery at the mile-long Jordan Pond.
“It’s the worse I’ve been beaten in a long time,” Mahomes said.Super Bowl highlights: Bucs celebrate championship, Tom Brady wins MVP|Des Bieler, Mark Maske, Chuck Culpepper|February 8, 2021|Washington Post
He beat his illness twice, wrote about his battles with the disease, and continued broadcasting even as his health was failing.
It went into remission, but it would resurface in 2011; and Scott was able to beat it once again.
But underground classes have Persians getting with the beat.Iran’s Becoming a Footloose Nation as Dance Lessons Spread|IranWire|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
It may have been the reason why Goldwater beat Rockefeller by three points, and effectively sewed up the GOP nomination.
Despite the scandal, Grimm beat his Democratic opponent by 18 points in November.
Even if poverty were gone, the flail could still beat hard enough upon the grain and chaff of humanity.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock
His face flushed with annoyance, and taking off his soft hat he began to beat it impatiently against his leg as he walked.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
The pulse in Louis's temples beat hard; yet he was determined not to anticipate, but make Wharton explain himself.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
To be sure, he hadn't seen Mrs. Robin go, but he had heard the beat of her wings as she began her flight.The Tale of Grandfather Mole|Arthur Scott Bailey
We should easily beat this in America with anything like equal facilities, and without charging the British price—£4 7s.Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley
British Dictionary definitions for beat
verb beats, beating, beat, beaten or beat
- an assigned or habitual round or route, as of a policeman or sentry
- (as modifier)beat police officers
- pop or rock music characterized by a heavy rhythmic beat
- (as modifier)a beat group
- the act of scouring for game by beating
- the organized scouring of a particular woodland so as to rouse the game in it
- the woodland where game is so roused
Derived forms of beatbeatable, adjective
Word Origin for beat
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Idioms and Phrases with beat
In addition to the idioms beginning with beat
- beat a dead horse
- beat all
- beat a path to someone's door
- beat a retreat
- beat around the bush
- beat back
- beat down
- beaten track
- beat hollow
- beat into one's head
- beat it
- beat off
- beat one's brains out
- beat one's head against the wall
- beat out
- beats me
- beat someone at his or her own game
- beat the air
- beat the band
- beat the bushes for
- beat the clock
- beat the drum for
- beat the Dutch
- beat the living daylights out of
- beat the meat
- beat the pants off
- beat the rap
- beat time
- beat to it
- beat up
- dead beat
- heart misses a beat
- if you can't beat them, join them
- march to a different beat
- miss a beat
- off the beaten track
- pound the pavement (a beat)
- to beat the band