Beat - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |biːt|  American pronunciation of the word beat
Brit.  |biːt|  British pronunciation of the word beat
irregular verb:  p.t. — beat  p.p. — beaten

noun

- a regular route for a sentry or policeman(syn: round)
- the rhythmic contraction and expansion of the arteries with each beat of the heart(syn: heartbeat, pulsation, pulse)
- the basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music(syn: rhythm)
- a single pulsation of an oscillation produced by adding two waves of different frequencies; has a frequency equal to the difference between the two oscillations
- a member of the beat generation; a nonconformist in dress and behavior (syn: beatnik)
- the sound of stroke or blow
- (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse (syn: cadence, measure, meter, metre)

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verb

- come out better in a competition, race, or conflict(syn: crush, shell, trounce, vanquish)
- give a beating to; subject to a beating, either as a punishment or as an act of aggression
- hit repeatedly
- move rhythmically(syn: pound, thump)
- shape by beating
- make a rhythmic sound(syn: drum, thrum)
- glare or strike with great intensity

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adjective

- very tired(syn: bushed, dead)

Examples

He beat the dust out of the rug with a stick.

She used a hammer to beat the metal into shape.

She used a hammer to beat the nail into the wall.

The dented metal was beaten flat.

The waves were beating the shore.

He beat at the door with his fists.

The waves were beating on the shore.

The rain beat on the roof.

They beat him with clubs.

a man accused of beating his wife

Let me sit down. I'm absolutely beat!

...can we pick this up tomorrow, because I'm beat?...

I've never seen his beat.

The team was beaten for the second time.

By winning a prize for writing Tom beat his teacher at his own game.

Phrasal verbs

beat about  — search anxiously
beat back  — cause to move back by force or influence
beat down  — persuade the seller to accept a lower price
beat in  — teach by drills and repetition
beat out  — come out better in a competition, race, or conflict
beat up  — give a beating to; subject to a beating, either as a punishment or as an act of aggression

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: beat
he/she/it: beats
present participle: beating
past tense: beat
past participle: beaten
noun
singular: beat
plural: beats
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