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Adjective: beaten  bee-t(u)n
  1. Formed or made thin by hammering
    "beaten gold"
     
  2. Much trodden and worn smooth or bare
    "did not stray from the beaten path"
Verb: beat (beat,beaten)  beet
  1. Come out better in a competition, race, or conflict
    "Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship"; "We beat the competition";
    - beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish
     
  2. Give a beating to; subject to a beating, either as a punishment or as an act of aggression
    "Thugs beat him up when he walked down the street late at night"; "The teacher used to beat the students";
    - beat up, work over
     
  3. Hit repeatedly
    "beat on the door"; "beat the table with his shoe"
     
  4. Move rhythmically
    "Her heart was beating fast";
    - pound, thump
     
  5. Shape by beating
    "beat swords into ploughshares"
     
  6. Make a rhythmic sound
    "Rain beat against the windscreen";
    - drum, thrum
     
  7. Glare or strike with great intensity
    "The sun was beating down on us"
     
  8. Move with a thrashing motion
    "The eagle beat its wings and soared high into the sky";
    - flap
     
  9. Sail with much tacking or with difficulty
    "The boat beat in the strong wind"
     
  10. (cooking) stir vigorously
    "beat the cream";
    - scramble
     
  11. Strike (a part of one's own body) repeatedly, as in great emotion or in accompaniment to music
    "beat one's breast"; "beat one's foot rhythmically"
     
  12. Be superior
    "Reading beats watching television"; "This sure beats work!"
     
  13. Avoid paying
    "beat the subway fare";
    - bunk
     
  14. Make a sound like a clock or a timer
    "the grandfather clock beat midnight";
    - tick, ticktock, ticktack
     
  15. Move with a flapping motion
    "The bird's wings were beating";
    - flap
     
  16. Indicate by beating, as with the fingers or drumsticks
    "Beat the rhythm"
     
  17. Move with or as if with a regular alternating motion
    "the city beat with music and excitement";
    - pulsate, quiver
     
  18. Make by pounding or trampling
    "beat a path through the forest"
     
  19. (music) produce a rhythm by striking repeatedly
    "beat the drum"
     
  20. Strike (water or bushes) repeatedly to rouse animals for hunting
     
  21. Beat through cleverness and wit
    "I beat the traffic";
    - outwit, overreach, outsmart, outfox, circumvent, outthink
     
  22. Be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly
    "This beats me!";
    - confuse, throw, fox, befuddle, fuddle, bedevil, confound, discombobulate, perplex, vex, stick, get, puzzle, mystify, baffle, pose, bewilder, flummox, stupefy, nonplus, gravel, dumbfound
     
  23. Wear out completely
    "I'm beat";
    - exhaust, wash up, tucker [N. Amer], tucker out [N. Amer]

See also: familiar

Type of: agitate, be, cheat, chisel, commove, create, defeat, displace, disturb, exceed, fag, fag out [Brit], fatigue, forge, form, get the better of, glare, go, jade, knacker [Brit], make, mold [N. Amer], mould [Brit, Cdn], move, outdo, outgo [archaic], outmatch, outperform, outstrip, outwear, overcome, play, raise up, rip off, sail, shake up, shape, sound, stir up, strike, surmount, surpass, tire, tire out, vex, wear, wear down, wear out, wear upon, weary, work

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