An example of beat is to win a game of checkers against an opponent.
An example of beat is to arrive first at the finish line in a race.
Beat two eggs in a bowl.
Riding beats walking.
It beats me; I don't know the answer.
The sun beat down on us all day.
Waves beat the shore.
The posse beat the countryside for the fugitive.
This cream doesn't beat well.
You never saw the beat of it.
To walk the beat.
- In journalism, the primary focus of a reporter's stories (such as police/courts, education, city government, business etc.).
Jan had little trouble beating John in tennis. He lost five games in a row.
No matter how quickly Joe finished his test, Roger always beat him.
I just can't seem to beat the last level of this video game.
To beat a retreat; to beat to quarters.
The drums beat.
The drummers beat to call soldiers to their quarters.
Dude, you drive a beat car like that and you ain’t gonna get no honeys.
The rain beat on the roof.
To beat one's way through a crowd, to beat chalk dust from erasers.
An example of beat is the beating of a heart.
An example of beat is the rhythmic noise played on a drum.
An example of a beat is the tempo at which a conductor leads an orchestra to play.
An example of beat is a person who has just worked 16 hours on his feet.
An example of beat is to hit a rug with a stick in order to get the dirt out.
An example of beat is to tap a drum.
An example of beat is to stir heavy cream rapidly, turning it into whipped cream.
An example of beat is to walk repeatedly through the snow from the house to the garage, resulting in a walkway being created.
- To be impressive or amazing. Often used in negative conditional constructions:If that doesn't beat all!.
- To make a hasty withdrawal.
- To fail to confront a subject directly.
- To leave hurriedly.
- To make an exhaustive search.
- To give enthusiastic public support or promotion:A politician who beats the drum for liberalism.
- To attack physically.
- To criticize or scold harshly.
- To an extreme degree.
- to hunt or look through or around
- to force to retreat; drive back
- to shine steadily with dazzling light and intense heat, as the sun
- to put down; suppress
- to force to a lower price
- go away!
- to drive back; repel
- to masturbate
- to masturbate
- to reach first base safely on (a bunt or grounder), as before an infielder's throw
- to give a beating to; thrash
- in tempo
- with great energy and vigor; fast and furiously
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of beat
- Middle English beten from Old English bēaten bhau- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English beten, from Old English bēatan (“to beat, pound, strike, lash, dash, thrust, hurt, injure”), from Proto-Germanic *bautaną (“to push, strike”) (compare Low German boten, German boßen, Old Norse bauta), from Proto-Indo-European *bhau- (compare Old Irish fo·botha (“he threatened”), Latin confutō (“I strike down”), fūstis (“stick, club”), Albanian bahe (“sling”), Lithuanian baudžiù, Bulgarian бутам (butam, “I beat, knock”), Old Armenian բութ (butʿ)). Compare Occitan batre, French battre.
- From beatnik