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English definition of “batter”

batter

verb [T, I + adv/prep]     /ˈbæt.ər/ US  /ˈbæt̬.ɚ/
to hit and behave violently towards a person, especially a woman or child, repeatedly over a long period of time, or to hit something with force many times: He was battered to death with a rifle butt. He was battering (at/on) the door with his fists and howling. The waves battered against the rocks at the bottom of the cliff. The burglars had battered down the door of the house (= hit it so hard that it broke and fell down).Hitting and beatingPunishing by causing pain
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