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beat (make)

Definition:

to make by pounding or trampling

Class:

creation verb (sewing, baking, painting, performing, etc.)

Past tense:

beat

Past participles:

beat | beaten

Present participle:

beating

3rd-person singular present:

beats

Type of:

make

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Followed by:

tread

Usage example:

beat a path through the forest

Etymology:

[verb] Old English beatan "inflict blows on, thrash" (class VII ... | [noun] "a...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of beat...

Definition references  (+images)

Britannica Encyclopedia:

beat [waves]

in physics, the pulsation caused by the combination of two waves of slightly different frequencies. The principle of beats for sound waves can be ... (24 of 235 words, 3 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/57457​/beat

beat [music]

in music, the basic rhythmic unit of a measure, or bar, not to be confused with rhythm as such; nor is the beat necessarily identical with the ... (27 of 128 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/57452​/beat

Oxford Dictionary:

beat | beaten [past participle] | the | hasty | beat something against/on | beat it | beat oneself up | beat about the bush | beat someone at their own game | ...

strike (a person or an animal) repeatedly and violently so as to hurt or injure them, typically with an implement such as a club or whip | strike (an ... (28 of 1309 words, 69 definitions, 62 usage examples, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/beat

Collins Dictionary:

beat | beat about the bush [sense-specific] | beat a retreat [sense-specific] | beat it [sense-specific] | beat one's breast [sense-specific] | beat someone's brains out [sense-specific] | beat someone to it [sense-specific] | beat the bounds [sense-specific] | can you beat it? [sense-specific] | ...

[when] intr, often followed by against, on, etc to strike with or as if with a series of violent blows; dash or pound repeatedly (against) | ... (25 of 1255 words, 46 definitions, 20 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/beat

Random House Dictionary:

beat | beaten [past participle] | beating [present participle] | Beat [sense-specific] | beat about [sense-specific] | beat all [sense-specific] | beat a retreat [sense-specific] | beat around or about the bush [sense-specific] | beat back [sense-specific] | ...

to strike violently or forcefully and repeatedly. | to dash against. | to flutter, flap, or rotate in or against. | to sound, as on a drum. | to stir ... (26 of 995 words, 58 definitions, 34 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/beat

Merriam-Webster:

beatnik

a person who participated in a social movement of the 1950s and early 1960s which stressed artistic self-expression and the rejection of the mores of ... (25 of 61 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/beatnik

beat [entry 1, verb] | beaten [past participle] | beating [present participle] | beat about the bush | beat a retreat | beat it | beat one's brains out | beat the bushes | beat the drum | ...

to strike repeatedly: to hit repeatedly so as to inflict pain [often used ... | to drive or force by blows ; to pound into a powder, paste, or pulp ; ... (30 of 829 words, 22 definitions, 14 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/beat

beat [entry 2, noun] | deadbeat [synonym, sense-specific] | tack [synonym, sense-specific] | moment [synonym, sense-specific] | also [synonym, sense-specific] | tick [synonym, sense-specific] | beatless [adjective, related]

a single stroke or blow especially in a series ; also, "pulsation", "tick" ; a sound produced by or as if by beating ; a driving impact or force | one ... (30 of 231 words, 10 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/beat show=1

beat [entry 3, adjective] | Beat [sense-specific] | exhausted [synonym, sense-specific] | all in [synonym, sense-specific] | aweary [archaic, synonym, sense-specific] | weary [synonym, sense-specific] | beaten [synonym, sense-specific] | bleary [synonym, sense-specific] | burned-out [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

being in a state of exhaustion; "exhausted" ; sapped of resolution or morale | "beat" or "Beat": of, relating to, or being beatniks (22 of 151 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

beat | beaten [past participle] | beating [present participle] | beats [3rd-person singular present] | you can't beat something | something can't be beat | beat around/about the bush | beat your breast | beat it | ...

[transitive] to defeat someone in a game, competition, election, or battle ... | [transitive] to arrive before someone else ; to do something before a ... (24 of 699 words, 19 definitions, 25 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/beat

beat [countable, noun] | beats [plural]

the series of regular sounds or movements as your heart pumps blood around your body ; one of the regular sounds or movements of your heart | [usually ... (27 of 193 words, 3 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/beat 39

beat [spoken, adjective]

very tired (2 of 32 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/beat 58

American Heritage Dictionary:

beat | beaten [present participle] | beating [3rd-person singular present] | beat off | beat out | Beat [sense-specific]

To strike repeatedly. | To subject to repeated beatings or physical abuse; batter. | To punish by hitting or whipping; flog. | To strike against ... (22 of 507 words, 42 definitions, 16 usage examples, pronunciations)

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New World Dictionary:

beat | beaten [present participle]

to hit or strike repeatedly; pound | to punish by striking repeatedly and hard; whip, flog, spank, etc. | to dash repeatedly against | to form by ... (24 of 500 words, 37 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/beat

Wikipedia:

Beat [disambiguation] | beats

may refer to: Beat (police), the territory and time that a police officer patrols | Beat reporting, a subject of coverage by a journalist | Gay beat, an area frequented by gay men for the purpose of casual sex | Forest beat, in forestry administration,... (42 of 425 words, 36 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Beat

Wiktionary:

beat | beats [plural] | beaten [past participle] | beating [present participle] | pulsative | throbbing | fatigued [synonym, sense-specific] | exhausted [synonym, sense-specific] | boring [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

A pulsation or throb. | A pulse on the beat level, the metric level at which pulses are heard as the basic unit. Thus a beat is the basic time unit of a piece. | A rhythm. | The interference between two tones of almost equal frequency | A short pause... (47 of 315 words, 22 definitions, 15 usage examples, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/beat

Cambridge Dictionary:

beat [entry 1, United States] | beaten [past participle] | beat someone to it

to defeat or do better than | [informal] to be more enjoyable than another activity or experience | To beat something that is going to happen is to ... (26 of 201 words, 4 definitions, 14 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/beat 1

beat [entry 2, United States] | beaten [past participle] | beat a path through something

to hit repeatedly | "beat a path through sth ": to form a path in an area where long grass or bushes grow closely together, by hitting the plants with ... (29 of 97 words, 2 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/beat 2

beat [entry 3, United States] | beaten [past participle]

to mix something repeatedly using a utensil such as a spoon or whisk (13 of 36 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/beat 3

beat [entry 4, United States] | beaten [past participle] | beat time

to (cause to) make a regular movement or sound | "beat time": to make a regular sound or movement to music (20 of 48 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/beat 4

beat [entry 5, informal]

extremely tired (2 of 27 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/beat 5

beat [entry 6]

a regular movement or sound, especially that made by your heart (11 of 49 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/beat 6

beat [entry 7]

in music, a regular emphasis, or a place in the music where such an emphasis is expected (17 of 55 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/beat 7

beat [entry 8] | be on/walking the beat | be on the beat | be walking the beat

an area for which someone, such as a police officer, has responsibility as part of their job | "be on/walking the beat": A police officer who is ... (26 of 62 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/beat 8

Encarta Dictionary:

beat | beats [plural] | beaten [past participle] | beating [present participle]

to defeat somebody in a contest, race, or competition | to hit somebody or something with repeated heavy blows | to knock or strike against something ... (24 of 751 words, 24 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861732127​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

beat

First use: about 1300

Origin: [verb] Old English beatan "inflict blows on, thrash" (class VII ... | [noun] "a beating, whipping; the beating of a drum", from "beat" (verb). As ... (26 of 369 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=beat

Wiktionary:

beat | beats [plural] | beaten [past participle] | beating [present participle]

Origin: Middle English beten, from Old English bēatan ("to beat, pound, strike, lash, dash, thrust, hurt, injure"), from ... | beatnik (19 of 62 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/beat

New World Dictionary:

beat | beaten [present participle]

Origin: Middle English beten from Old English beatan from Indo-European *bhaut- from base *bhau-, *bhū-, to strike, beat ... (17 of 26 etymology words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

beat | beaten [past participle] | the | hasty | beat something against/on | beat it | beat oneself up

Origin: Old English bēatan, of Germanic origin | sense-specific: from the use of a stage direction referring to such a pause

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/beat

Collins Dictionary:

beat

Origin: Old English bēatan; related to Old Norse bauta, Old High German bōzan

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/beat

American Heritage Dictionary:

beat | beaten [present participle] | beating [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English beten, from Old English bēaten; see bhau- in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/beat

Merriam-Webster:

beat [entry 1, verb] | beaten [past participle] | beating [present participle]

First use: before 12th century

Origin: Middle English beten, from Old English bēatan; akin to Old High German bōzan to beat

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/beat

beat [entry 3, adjective] | Beat [sense-specific]

First use: 1832

Origin: Middle English beten, bete, from past participle of beten

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Encarta Dictionary:

beat | beats [plural] | beaten [past participle] | beating [present participle]

Origin: Old English bēatan, via Germanic from Indo-European, "to strike"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861732127​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

beat | beats [plural] | beaten [past participle] | beating [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "beat"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/beat

Collins Dictionary:

beat

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "beat"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/beat

Macmillan American Dictionary:

beat [verb] | beaten [past participle] | beating [present participle] | beats [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "beat"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/beat

beat [countable, noun] | beats [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "beat"

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beat [spoken, adjective]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "beat"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

beat | beaten [past participle] | beating [present participle] | beats [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "beat"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/beat

beat [countable, noun] | beats [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "beat"

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beat [spoken, adjective]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "beat"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

beat [entry 1, United States] | beaten [past participle]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "beat"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "beat"

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the Free Dictionary:

beat

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "beat"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "beat"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "beat" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

beat | beats [plural] | beaten [past participle] | beating [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "beat"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

beat

Audio: North American pronunciation of "beat"

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YourDictionary Audio:

beat

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "beat" by speech synthesizer

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freedictionary.org:

beat | Beat

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "beat" by speech synthesizer

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