verb come out better in a competition, race, or conflict
shell; beat; trounce; crush; beat out; vanquish.
- Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship
- We beat the competition
- Harvard defeated Yale in the last football game
verb give a beating to; subject to a beating, either as a punishment or as an act of aggression
beat; beat up; work over.
- Thugs beat him up when he walked down the street late at night
- The teacher used to beat the students
verb hit repeatedly
- beat on the door
- beat the table with his shoe
verb move rhythmically
beat; pound; thump.
- Her heart was beating fast
verb shape by beating
- beat swords into ploughshares
verb make a rhythmic sound
beat; drum; thrum.
- Rain drummed against the windshield
- The drums beat all night
verb glare or strike with great intensity
- The sun was beating down on us
verb move with a thrashing motion
- The bird flapped its wings
- The eagle beat its wings and soared high into the sky
verb sail with much tacking or with difficulty
- The boat beat in the strong wind
verb stir vigorously
- beat the egg whites
- beat the cream
verb strike (a part of one's own body) repeatedly, as in great emotion or in accompaniment to music
- beat one's breast
- beat one's foot rhythmically
verb be superior
- Reading beats watching television
- This sure beats work!
verb avoid paying
verb make a sound like a clock or a timer
beat; tick; ticktack; ticktock.
- the clocks were ticking
- the grandfather clock beat midnight
verb move with a flapping motion
- The bird's wings were flapping
verb indicate by beating, as with the fingers or drumsticks
verb move with or as if with a regular alternating motion
beat; pulsate; quiver.
- the city pulsated with music and excitement
verb make by pounding or trampling
- beat a path through the forest
verb produce a rhythm by striking repeatedly
verb strike (water or bushes) repeatedly to rouse animals for hunting
verb beat through cleverness and wit
outsmart; beat; overreach; outwit; outfox; circumvent.
- I beat the traffic
- She outfoxed her competitors
verb be a mystery or bewildering to
mystify; perplex; bewilder; get; beat; puzzle; pose; amaze; vex; baffle; flummox; stick; stupefy; gravel; nonplus; dumbfound.
- This beats me!
- Got me--I don't know the answer!
- a vexing problem
- This question really stuck me
verb wear out completely
wash up; exhaust; tucker; beat; tucker out.
- This kind of work exhausts me
- I'm beat
- He was all washed up after the exam
adjective formed or made thin by hammering
adjective satellite much trodden and worn smooth or bare
- did not stray from the beaten path
- Made smooth by beating or treading; worn by use. "A broad and beaten way." Milton. "Beaten gold." Shak.
- Vanquished; conquered; baffled.
- Exhausted; tired out.
- Become common or trite; as, a beaten phrase. Obs.
- Tried; practiced. Obs.
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