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English adjective: beat

1. beat very tired

SamplesWas all in at the end of the day.
So beat I could flop down and go to sleep anywhere.
Bushed after all that exercise.
I'm dead after that long trip.

Synonymsall in, bushed, dead


Domain usagecolloquialism


English noun: beat

1. beat (location) a regular route for a sentry or policeman

SamplesIn the old days a policeman walked a beat and knew all his people by name.


Broader (hypernym)itinerary, path, route

2. beat (event) the rhythmic contraction and expansion of the arteries with each beat of the heart

SamplesHe could feel the beat of her heart.

Synonymsheartbeat, pulsation, pulse

Broader (hypernym)periodic event, recurrent event

Narrower (hyponym)diastole, pounding, systole, throb, throbbing

3. beat (communication) the basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music

SamplesThe piece has a fast rhythm.
The conductor set the beat.

Synonymsmusical rhythm, rhythm

Broader (hypernym)musical time

Narrower (hyponym)backbeat, downbeat, offbeat, syncopation, upbeat

4. beat (phenomenon) 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

Broader (hypernym)oscillation, vibration

5. beat (person) a member of the beat generation; a nonconformist in dress and behavior


Broader (hypernym)nonconformist, recusant

Member meronymbeat generation, beatniks, beats

6. beat (event) the sound of stroke or blow

SamplesHe heard the beat of a drum.

Broader (hypernym)sound

7. beat (communication) (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse

Synonymscadence, measure, meter, metre

Broader (hypernym)poetic rhythm, prosody, rhythmic pattern

Narrower (hyponym)catalexis, common measure, common meter, foot, metrical foot, metrical unit, scansion

Domain categorymetrics, prosody

8. beat (attribute) a regular rate of repetition

SamplesThe cox raised the beat.

Broader (hypernym)pace, rate

9. beat (act) a stroke or blow

SamplesThe signal was two beats on the steam pipe.

Broader (hypernym)stroke

10. beat (act) the act of beating to windward; sailing as close as possible to the direction from which the wind is blowing

Broader (hypernym)sailing

English verb: beat

1. beat (competition) come out better in a competition, race, or conflict

SamplesAgassi beat Becker in the tennis championship.
We beat the competition.
Harvard defeated Yale in the last football game.

ExamplesThe fighter managed to beat his opponent

Synonymsbeat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)defeat, get the better of, overcome

Narrower (hyponym)bat, best, cheat, checkmate, chicane, chouse, clobber, cream, drub, eliminate, exceed, get over, get the best, get the jump, have the best, immobilise, immobilize, jockey, lick, master, mate, mop up, outdo, outdo, outfight, outflank, outgo, outmatch, outperform, outplay, outpoint, outscore, outstrip, overcome, overcome, overmaster, overpower, overwhelm, pip, rack up, rout, scoop, screw, shaft, spread-eagle, spreadeagle, subdue, surmount, surmount, surpass, thrash, trump, walk over, whip, whomp, worst


Verb groupbeat, circumvent, outfox, outsmart, outwit, overreach

2. beat (contact) give a beating to; subject to a beating, either as a punishment or as an act of aggression

SamplesThugs beat him up when he walked down the street late at night.
The teacher used to beat the students.

ExamplesThey want to beat the prisoners

Synonymsbeat up, work over

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Narrower (hyponym)baste, batter, belabor, belabour, cane, clobber, flail, flog, flog, kayo, knock cold, knock out, lam, lambast, lambaste, larrup, lash, lather, paddle, pistol-whip, rough up, slash, soak, spank, strap, strong-arm, thrash, thresh, trounce, welt, whip


3. beat (contact) hit repeatedly

SamplesBeat on the door.
Beat the table with his shoe.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)strike

Narrower (hyponym)bastinado, beat, beetle, coldcock, deck, dump, floor, full, hammer, knock down, paste, thrash, thresh, whang

Verb groupbeat

4. beat (motion) move rhythmically

SamplesHer heart was beating fast.

Synonymspound, thump

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)move

Narrower (hyponym)flap, flutter, palpitate, pulsate, pulse, thrash, throb

Verb groupbeat

5. beat (creation) shape by beating

SamplesBeat swords into ploughshares.

ExamplesThe chef wants to beat the eggs

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)forge, form, mold, mould, shape, work

Narrower (hyponym)forge, hammer

6. beat (perception) make a rhythmic sound

SamplesRain drummed against the windshield.
The drums beat all night.

Synonymsdrum, thrum

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)go, sound

Verb groupbeat

7. beat (perception) glare or strike with great intensity

SamplesThe sun was beating down on us.

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)glare

8. beat (motion) move with a thrashing motion

SamplesThe bird flapped its wings.
The eagle beat its wings and soared high into the sky.


Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)displace, move

Narrower (hyponym)bate, clap, flutter

Verb groupbeat, flap

9. beat (motion) sail with much tacking or with difficulty

SamplesThe boat beat in the strong wind.

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)sail

Domain categorynavigation, pilotage, piloting

10. beat (contact) stir vigorously

SamplesBeat the egg whites.
Beat the cream.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)agitate, commove, disturb, raise up, shake up, stir up, vex

Narrower (hyponym)cream, whip, whisk

Domain categorycookery, cooking, preparation

11. beat (contact) strike (a part of one's own body) repeatedly, as in great emotion or in accompaniment to music

SamplesBeat one's breast.
Beat one's foot rhythmically.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)strike

Verb groupbeat

12. beat (stative) be superior

SamplesReading beats watching television.
This sure beats work!.

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)be

13. beat (social) avoid paying

SamplesBeat the subway fare.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)cheat, chisel, rip off

14. beat (perception) make a sound like a clock or a timer

SamplesThe clocks were ticking.
The grandfather clock beat midnight.

Synonymstick, ticktack, ticktock

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)go, sound

15. beat (motion) move with a flapping motion

SamplesThe bird's wings were flapping.


Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)move

Narrower (hyponym)clap, flail, thresh

Verb groupbeat, flap

16. beat (motion) indicate by beating, as with the fingers or drumsticks

SamplesBeat the rhythm.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Narrower (hyponym)beat out, tap out, thump out

Verb groupbeat, beat, beat, drum, pound, thrum, thump

17. beat (motion) move with or as if with a regular alternating motion

SamplesThe city pulsated with music and excitement.

Synonymspulsate, quiver

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)move

Verb grouppulsate, pulse, throb

18. beat (creation) make by pounding or trampling

SamplesBeat a path through the forest.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)create, make

Entailtrample, tread

19. beat (creation) produce a rhythm by striking repeatedly

SamplesBeat the drum.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)play

Verb groupbeat

Domain categorymusic

20. beat (contact) strike (water or bushes) repeatedly to rouse animals for hunting

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)beat

21. beat (competition) beat through cleverness and wit

SamplesI beat the traffic.
She outfoxed her competitors.

Synonymscircumvent, outfox, outsmart, outwit, overreach

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)exceed, outdo, outgo, outmatch, outperform, outstrip, surmount, surpass

Verb groupbeat, beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish

22. beat (cognition) be a mystery or bewildering to

SamplesThis beats me!.
Got me--I don't know the answer!.
A vexing problem.
This question really stuck me.

Synonymsamaze, baffle, bewilder, dumbfound, flummox, get, gravel, mystify, nonplus, perplex, pose, puzzle, stick, stupefy, vex

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)bedevil, befuddle, confound, confuse, discombobulate, fox, fuddle, throw

Narrower (hyponym)elude, escape, mix up, riddle, stump

23. beat (body) wear out completely

SamplesThis kind of work exhausts me.
I'm beat.
He was all washed up after the exam.

Synonymsexhaust, tucker, tucker out, wash up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)fag, fag out, fatigue, jade, outwear, tire, tire out, wear, wear down, wear out, wear upon, weary

Narrower (hyponym)frazzle, kill, play

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