1. [ verb ] come out better in a competition, race, or conflict
Synonyms: crush beat_out vanquish shell trounce

"Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship" "We beat the competition" "Harvard defeated Yale in the last football game"

Related terms: overcome bat worst surpass overpower cheat outdo outfight outplay whomp walk_over outpoint spread-eagle eliminate immobilize checkmate get_the_jump outwit beating win
2. [ verb ] give a beating to; subject to a beating, either as a punishment or as an act of aggression
Synonyms: work_over beat_up

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

Related terms: flog thrash knock_cold clobber cane pistol-whip belabour rough_up soak strong-arm spank beating hit
3. [ verb ] hit repeatedly

"beat on the door" "beat the table with his shoe"

Related terms: strike hammer deck full bastinado beetle thrash paste whang beater
4. [ verb ] move rhythmically
Synonyms: thump pound

"Her heart was beating fast"

Related terms: move convulse flap pulsate palpitate pulse
5. [ verb ] shape by beating

"beat swords into ploughshares"

Related terms: shape forge
6. [ verb ] (music) make a rhythmic sound
Synonyms: drum thrum

: "Rain drummed against the windshield" "The drums beat all night"

Related terms: go rhythm
7. [ noun ] (music) the basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music
Synonyms: rhythm musical_rhythm

"the piece has a fast rhythm" "the conductor set the beat"

Related terms: musical_time upbeat backbeat syncopation downbeat
8. [ verb ] (nautical,transportation) sail with much tacking or with difficulty

"The boat beat in the strong wind"

Related terms: sail navigation
9. [ verb ] move with a thrashing motion
Synonyms: flap

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

Related terms: move clap bate
10. [ noun ] the rhythmic contraction and expansion of the arteries with each beat of the heart
Synonyms: heartbeat pulse pulsation

"he could feel the beat of her heart"

Related terms: periodic_event throb diastole systole pulsate
11. [ verb ] glare or strike with great intensity

"The sun was beating down on us"

Related terms: glare glare
12. [ 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"

Related terms: strike rhythm
13. [ noun ] (transportation) a regular route for a sentry or policeman
Synonyms: round circuit

"in the old days a policeman walked a beat and knew all his people by name"

Related terms: path
14. [ verb ] stir vigorously
Synonyms: scramble

"beat the egg whites" beat the cream"

Related terms: agitate stir whisk cream cooking
15. [ noun ] a member of the Beat Generation; a nonconformist in dress and behavior
Synonyms: beatnik
Related terms: nonconformist Beat_Generation
16. [ verb ] move with or as if with a regular alternating motion
Synonyms: quiver pulsate

"the city pulsated with music and excitement"

Related terms: move pulsate
17. [ verb ] strike (water or bushes) repeatedly to rouse animals for hunting
18. [ verb ] (music) produce a rhythm by striking repeatedly

: "beat the drum"

Related terms: play music
19. [ noun ] (physics) 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
Related terms: oscillation
20. [ verb ] make by pounding or trampling

"beat a path through the forest"

Related terms: make tread
21. [ verb ] wear out completely
Synonyms: exhaust wash_up tucker_out tucker

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

Related terms: tire play frazzle kill kill exhaustion
22. [ verb ] (music) indicate by beating; as with the fingers or drumsticks

"Beat the rhythm"

Related terms: beat_out drum
23. [ verb ] be a mystery or bewildering to
Synonyms: puzzle bewilder baffle mystify amaze stick stupify stupefy gravel nonplus get dumbfound pose trounce flummox vex perplex

"This beats me!" "Got me--I don't know the answer!" "a vexing problem" "This question really stuck me"

Related terms: confuse stagger elude riddle stump solve puzzle_over mystery bewilderment mystification mystification stupefaction puzzle
24. [ noun ] (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse
Synonyms: measure cadence metre meter
Related terms: poetic_rhythm common_measure scansion metrical_foot catalexis prosody
25. [ noun ] a stroke or blow

"the signal was two beats on the steam pipe"

Related terms: stroke
26. [ verb ] move with a flapping motion
Synonyms: flap

"The bird's wings were flapping"

Related terms: move flail clap flap
27. [ verb ] beat through cleverness and wit
Synonyms: outsmart overreach outfox circumvent outwit

"I beat the traffic" "She outfoxed her competitors"

Related terms: surpass
28. [ noun ] the sound of stroke or blow

"he heard the beat of a drum"

Related terms: sound tick
29. [ verb ] deprive somebody of something by deceit
Synonyms: cheat chisel sell_short rip_off

"The con-man beat me out of $50" "This salesman ripped us off!" "we were cheated by their clever-sounding scheme" "They chiseled me out of my money"

Related terms: victimize overcharge swindle bilk juggle cozen gazump whipsaw welsh cheat heist deceiver deceive
30. [ adjective ] (informal) very tired
Synonyms: dead bushed all_in

"was 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"

Related terms: colloquialism tired
31. [ verb ] be superior

: "Reading beats watching television" "This sure beats work!"

Related terms: be
32. [ verb ] make a sound like a clock or a timer
Synonyms: tick ticktack ticktock

"the clocks were ticking" "the grandfather clock beat midnight"

Related terms: go watch tick
33. [ noun ] a regular rate of repetition

"the cox raised the beat"

Related terms: pace
34. [ verb ] avoid paying
Synonyms: bunk

"beat the subway fare"

Related terms: cheat
35. [ noun ] (nautical,transportation) the act of beating to windward; sailing as close as possible to the direction from which the wind is blowing
Related terms: sailing
Similar spelling:   Beaty