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Meaning of “beat” - Learner’s Dictionary

beat

verb     /biːt/ ( past tense beat, past participle beaten, also US beat)
DEFEAT [T] B1 to defeat someone in a competition: Our team beat Germany 3-1.Scoring, winning and losing in sportWinning and defeatingLosing and being defeatedWinning and defeatingScoring, winning and losing in sport
HIT [I, T] B2 to hit a person or animal hard many times: She beat the dog with a stick. She was beaten to death.Hitting and beatingPunishing by causing painPhysical and sexual assault and abductionSexual activity in general
SOUND [I, T] to hit against something hard, making a continuous or regular sound: Rain beat against the windows. The soldiers started beating their drums the sound of birds beating their wingsSounds made by objects, movement or impact
GET RID OF [T] to get rid of something bad: measures to beat crime I'm determined to beat this illness.Removing and getting rid of thingsTaking things away from someone or somewhere
HEART [I] B1 When your heart beats, it makes regular movements and sounds: By the time the doctor arrived, his heart had stopped beating.Sounds made by objects, movement or impactThe circulatory system and blood
BE BETTER [T] informal to be better than something: [+ doing sth] Being at the youth club beats sitting at home.Extremely good
you can't beat sth used to emphasize that something is best: You can't beat Pedro's for a great pizza.Good, better and bestInformal words for goodQuite good, or not very good
take a lot of/some, etc beating mainly UK to be so good or enjoyable that it is hard to find anything better: For romantic movies, The Notebook takes some beating.Extremely good
FOOD [T] to mix food using hard, quick movements: Beat the egg whites until they are stiff.Preparing foodPreparing food using heat
→  See also beat about the bush , beat/knock the (living) daylights out of sb , off the beaten track , It beats me , beat down , beat sb down , beat sb/sth off , beat sb to sth , beat sb up
(Definition of beat verb from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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