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beat

verb uk   /biːt/ (beat, beaten or US also beat) us  

beat verb (DEFEAT)

B1 [T] to defeat or do better than: Simon always beats me at tennis. Holland beat Belgium (by) 3–1. The Miami Heat beat the Pacers 95-90/by five points. Our team was comfortably/easily/soundly beaten in the first round of the competition. The Nationalists were narrowly beaten in the election. He beat me fair and square (= without cheating). They were beaten hands down (= completely) by their opponents. She has beaten her own record of three minutes ten seconds.B2 informal to be better or more enjoyable than another activity or experience: [+ -ing verb] Taking the bus sure beats walking. slang Taking the bus beats the hell out of (= is much better than) walking all the way there. You can't beat (= there is nothing more enjoyable than) a cold beer on a hot afternoon. [T] To beat something that is going to happen is to take action before the thing happens: Let's try to beat the traffic by leaving early in the morning. I always do my shopping early to beat the rush.beat sb to it to do something before someone else does it: I was just going to clean the kitchen, but you beat me to it.
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beat verb (HIT)

B2 [I or T, usually + adv/prep] to hit repeatedly: They saw him beating his dog with a stick. The child had been brutally/savagely beaten. She was beaten to death. [+ obj + adj ] He was beaten senseless. Beat the drum. The rain was beating down incessantly on the tin roof.beat a path through sth to form a path in an area where long grass or bushes grow closely together, by hitting the plants with your hands or an object, or by stepping on them: We beat a path through the undergrowth.
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beat verb (MIX)

C1 to mix something repeatedly using a utensil such as a spoon or whisk: To make an omelette you first beat the eggs.

beat verb (MOVEMENT)

B1 [I or T] to (cause to) make a regular movement or sound: The doctor could feel no pulse beating. Her heart started to beat faster. The hummingbird beats its wings at great speed.beat time to make a regular sound or movement to music
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beat

adjective [after verb] uk   /biːt/ informal us  
extremely tired: I'm beat - I'm going to bed. You've been working too hard, you look dead beat.
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beat

noun uk   /biːt/ us  

beat noun (MOVEMENT)

B2 [C or U] a regular movement or sound, especially that made by your heart: I put my head on his chest but I could feel no heart beat. My heart skipped a beat (= I felt very excited) when she said, "Yes, I'll marry you".
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beat noun (MUSIC)

B2 [C or U] in music, a regular emphasis, or a place in the music where such an emphasis is expected: The guitar comes in on the third beat. Make sure you play on the beat. He tapped his foot to the beat (= rhythm) of the music.

beat noun (AREA)

[C usually singular] an area for which someone, such as a police officer, has responsibility as part of their job: Bob has worked as an officer on this particular beat for 20 years.be on/walking the beat A police officer who is on/walking the beat is on duty, walking around rather than driving in a police car.
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