Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

beat out - definition and synonyms


What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theybeat out
he/she/itbeats out
present participlebeating out
past tensebeat out
past participlebeaten out
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  1. 1
    American informal to succeed in winning or gaining something that someone else wants
    Atlanta beat out Athens for the privilege of hosting the 1996 Olympics.
  2. 2
    beat something out of someone to make someone tell you something by hitting them
    He claims that the confession was beaten out of him.
  3. 4
    to stop a fire from burning by hitting it with something
    She beat out the flames with a branch.
See also main entry: beat


a fashion trend in which people intentionally wear ordinary, inexpensive, widely-available clothing

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary


a flower or small bunch of flowers worn on the lapel of a jacket on special occasions

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog