Meaning of “beat” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb us uk /biːt/ past tense beat, past participle beaten, also US beat
Extra Examples
Germany beat England three nil.I beat him at tennis last week.He beat his opponent six games to two.He was beaten in the first round.We were comprehensively beaten in the finals.

B1 to defeat someone in a competition:

Our team beat Germany 3-1.
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.
SOUND [ I, T ]

to hit against something hard, making a continuous or regular sound:

Rain beat against the windows.
the sound of birds beating their wings

to get rid of something bad:

measures to beat crime
I'm determined to beat this illness.

B1 When your heart beats, it makes regular movements and sounds:

By the time the doctor arrived, his heart had stopped beating.
BE BETTER [ T ] informal

to be better than something:

[ + doing sth ] Being at the youth club beats sitting at home.
you can't beat sth

used to emphasize that something is best:

You can't beat Pedro's for a great pizza.
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.
FOOD [ T ]

to mix food using hard, quick movements:

Beat the egg whites until they are stiff.

(Definition of “beat verb” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)