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beat

beat

 
pronunciation:
bit
parts of speech:
verb, noun, adjective
phrases:
beat around the bush
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part of speech: verb
inflections: beat, beaten, beating, beats
definition 1: to hit again and again.
He beat the drum with his new drumsticks.
synonyms:
club, flail, knock, pound
similar words:
batter, clobber, hammer, lash, lick, thrash
definition 2: to win against; defeat.
Mai beat her brother at tennis.
synonyms:
defeat, lick, whip
similar words:
clobber, conquer, cream, crush, down, hammer, overcome, rout, shellac, thrash
definition 3: to stir rapidly.
Beat the eggs.
synonyms:
blend
similar words:
churn, cream, mix, stir, whip
definition 4: to pound; thump.
I was so scared that I could hear my heart beating.
synonyms:
pound, pulse, throb
similar words:
hammer, thud, thump
phrase: beat around the bush
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a hit or blow, often in a series.
He gave the nail one last beat with his hammer.
synonyms:
blow, hit, stroke
similar words:
box, cuff, punch, slap, smack, strike, whack
definition 2: a thump.
The doctor listened carefully to the beat of my heart.
synonyms:
throb
similar words:
pulse
definition 3: musical rhythm.
We danced to the beat of the music.
synonyms:
rhythm
similar words:
meter, time
definition 4: a person's regular route on the job.
The policeman walked his beat every day.
similar words:
area, assignment, circuit, precinct, rounds, route, territory, zone
 
part of speech: adjective
definition: (informal) very tired; exhausted.
Kim was beat after skiing all day.
synonyms:
exhausted, worn-out
similar words:
done in, drained, fatigued, tired, wasted, weary
derivation: beatable (adj.)
Homophone Note
Are you looking for the word beet (a dark red vegetable)? Beat and beet sound alike but have different meanings.
Word Builder: beat +
  • beating:
    punishment in the form of physical violence.
  • beater:
    a device used to beat eggs, cream, or other liquid food.
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