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verb beat pronunciation in British English /biːt/
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present tense
I/you/we/theybeat
he/she/itbeats
present participlebeating
past tensebeat
past participlebeaten
  1. 1
    [transitive] to defeat someone in a game, competition, election, or battle

    England needed to beat Germany to get to the final.

    In 2000, George W Bush narrowly beat Al Gore in the election.

    1. b.
      to succeed despite a difficult situation

      It is one of the few businesses that has beaten the recession.

      women who have beaten breast cancer

  2. 3
    [transitive] to hit someone violently several times

    They were arrested for beating their children.

  3. 4
    [transitive] to hit something several times making a regular pattern of sounds, or to make this pattern of sounds

    Someone was beating a drum in the distance.

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    1. a.
      [transitive] to hit an object or part of the body with your hands

      I beat my hands on the wall with rage.

      He suddenly beat the table with his fist.

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    2. c.
      [intransitive/transitive] to hit something many times or for a long period of time
      beat against/on/at:

      The rain was beating against the windows with renewed force.

      waves beating on the shore

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