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beat meaning

[ bi:t ] Pronunciation:   "beat" in a sentence
  • Verb: beat (beat,beaten)  beet
    1. Come out better in a competition, race, or conflict
      "Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship"; "We beat the competition"
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    Noun: beat  beet
    1. A regular route for a sentry or policeman
      "in the old days a policeman walked a beat and knew all his people by name"
      - round 
    2. The rhythmic contraction and expansion of the arteries with each beat of the heart
      "he could feel the beat of her heart"
      - pulse, pulsation, heartbeat 
    3. The basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music
      "the conductor set the beat"
      - rhythm, musical rhythm 
    4. 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 
    5. A member of the beat generation; a nonconformist in dress and behaviour
      - beatnik 
    6. The sound of stroke or blow
      "he heard the beat of a drum" 
    7. (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse
      - meter [US], metre [Brit, Cdn], measure, cadence 
    8. A regular rate of repetition
      "the cox raised the beat" 
    9. A stroke or blow
      "the signal was two beats on the steam pipe" 
    10. The act of beating to windward; sailing as close as possible to the direction from which the wind is blowing
    Adjective: beat  beet
    1. Very tired
      "so beat I could flop down and go to sleep anywhere"
      - all in, bushed, dead

    Sounds like: beet

    Derived forms: beaten, beat, beats, beating

    See also: beatable, beaten, beater, beating, heterodyne, tired

    Type of: agitate, be, bedevil, befuddle, cheat, chisel, commove, confound, confuse, create, defeat, discombobulate, displace, disturb, exceed, fag, fag out [Brit], fatigue, forge, form, fox, fuddle, get the better of, glare, go, itinerary, jade, make, mold [N. Amer], mould [Brit, Cdn], move, musical time, nonconformist, oscillation, outdo, outgo [archaic], outmatch, outperform, outstrip, outwear, overcome, pace, path, periodic event, play, poetic rhythm, prosody, raise up, rate, recurrent event, recusant, rhythmic pattern, rip off, route, sail, sailing, shake up, shape, sound, stir up, strike, stroke, surmount, surpass, throw, tire, tire out, vex, vibration, wear, wear down, wear out, wear upon, weary, work

    Part of: beat generation, beatniks, beats

    Encyclopedia: Beat


  • [American slang]
    mod. having to do with the Bohemian youths of the 1950s.
    • My brother looked sort of beat, but I was neat as a pin.
    • Actually, I don't think I ever saw anybody who I would call beat.
    • The beat guys are all gone now.


  • [Business]
    verb [+ obj] (beat, beaten //)

    1

    to defeat sb/sth:

    The way to beat the big companies is to specialize.

    a strategy to beat the competition

    2

    to do or be better than sth:

    Nobody beats our prices!

    Last year's sales beat the previous record achieved in 2002.

    By working overtime for a month, we just managed to beat the deadline.

    The results beat expectations, showing profits of €350 million.

    IDIOMS

    beat sb at their own game

    to do better than sb in an activity in which they think they are strong:

    They're trying to beat the low-cost airlines at their own game.

    beat a path to sb's door

    if a lot of people beat a path to sb's door, they are all interested in sth that person has to sell or to offer:

    You've launched your new website, but you can't sit back and wait for the world to beat a path to your door.

    if you can't beat them, join them

    if you cannot defeat sb or be as successful as they are, then it is more sensible to join them in what they are doing and perhaps get some advantage for yourself by doing so

    PHRASAL VERBS

    beat sb/sth down (to sth)

    to persuade sb to reduce the price at which they are selling sth:

    I beat down the price to $6 000.

    beat off sb/sth

    to force sb/sth away:

    They have managed to beat off competition from two large energy groups.

    HELP NOTE A noun goes after off, but a pronoun comes between the verb and off.


  • [Electronics]
    Any one of the series of pulsations constituting a beat note, which results from heterodyning one signal against another.

  • [Medicine]
    vi beat; beat·en or beat; beat·ing : PULSATE , THROB
    n : a single stroke or pulsation (as of the heart) ‹ectopic beats› —see EXTRASYSTOLE
  • beat in:    Verb: beat inTeach ...
  • beat it:    Interjection: beat ...
  • beat it!:    [American slang]In ...

Examples

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  1. then he would beat his arms on the ground.
  2. i have done my best, but i'm beat.
  3. i'll beat everyone and come out on top.
  4. speak frankly and do n't beat about the bush.
  5. competition should beat the price down.

Related Words

  1. beastliness meaning
  2. beastly meaning
  3. beastly-head meaning
  4. beasts of chase meaning
  5. beasty meaning
  6. beat a (hasty) retreat meaning
  7. beat a dead horse meaning
  8. beat a path to so's door meaning
  9. beat a path to someone's door meaning
  10. beat a retreat meaning
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