beat /bit/ verb (present participle beating, past tense beat, past participle beaten)
B1 to defeat someone in a competition: Our team beat the Yankees 3-1.
B1 When your heart beats, it makes regular movements and sounds: By the time the doctor arrived, his heart had stopped beating.
› to hit a person or animal repeatedly: They saw him beating his dog with a stick.
› to hit against something hard, making a regular sound: Rain beat against the windows.