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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


Similartired


Domain usagecolloquialism


Antonymsrested


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.


Synonymsround


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


Synonymsbeatnik


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


Entailwin


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


Entailhit

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.


Synonymsflap


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.


Synonymsscramble


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.


Synonymsbunk


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.


Synonymsflap


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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