Did you know?

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

beat

 - definition
 
 
Close

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.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary entries. Click on the T button in an entry to review the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
noun [countable] British English pronunciation: beat /biːt/ 
Word Forms
Close
singularbeat
pluralbeats
  1. 1
    the series of regular sounds or movements as your heart pumps blood around your body

    I could feel the beat of his heart.

    1. a.
      one of the regular sounds or movements of your heart

      a heart rate of 65 beats a minute

      miss/skip a beat:

      Her heart seemed to miss a beat.

  2. 3
    [usually singular] an area that a police officer has responsibility for and must walk around regularly
    walk/pound/patrol the beat:

    The two officers used to walk the beat together.

    on the beat (=walking around an area):

    We intend to increase the number of police on the beat.

emoji

a small digital image … which is used in electronic communication to express emotion or other simple concepts

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

major on (doing) sth

to have or do a lot of something; to focus on a particular thing

add a word

Blog

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