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.
Origin of beat
Related formsbeat·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
Can be confusedbeat beet
Examples from the Web for beat
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.
From the inn yard came the sound of music and the beat of the dancers feet on the hard ground.The Motor Maids Across the Continent|Katherine Stokes
Then the roof of the ward lifted about an inch, and more wind beat down, and as it beat down, so the roof lifted.The Backwash of War|Ellen N. La Motte
Beat the yolks of the eggs for 10 minutes with the sugar and lemon rind.The Allinson Vegetarian Cookery Book|Thomas R. Allinson
MacRae beat him two hours to the trolling fleet at Squitty, a fleet that was growing in numbers.Poor Man's Rock|Bertrand W. Sinclair
There were voices and the beat of footsteps, and sometimes Hansei heard a strange sound that might be singing or wind moaning.Child Stories from the Masters|Maud Menefee
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 Formsbeatable, 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