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English definition of “beat”

beat

noun [C or U] (MOVEMENT)    /biːt/
B2 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 missed a beat (= I felt very excited) when she said, "Yes, I'll marry you".The circulatory system and blood
(Definition of beat noun (MOVEMENT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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