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beat

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of beat

  1. depleted in strength, energy, or freshness <can we pick this up tomorrow, because I'm beat?> Synonyms all in, aweary [archaic], weary, beaten, bleary, burned-out (or burnt-out), bushed, dead, done, done in, drained, exhausted, fatigued, jaded, knackered [British], limp, logy (also loggy), played out, pooped [slang], prostrate, spent, tapped out, tired, tuckered (out), washed-out, wearied, wiped out, worn, worn-outRelated Words overfatigued, overtaxed, overworked; broken-down, run-down; debilitated, enervate, enervated, enfeebled, sapped, weakened; drowsy, heavy, sleepy; lethargic, sluggishNear Antonyms fresh, refreshed, rejuvenated, relaxed, rested, revitalized; active, energetic, invigorated, peppy, strengthened, strong, tireless, vitalized, wearilessAntonyms unwearied




beat

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of beat

  1. 1 a hard strike with a part of the body or an instrument <delivered one hard beat on the drums> Synonyms bang, bash, bat, {h,1}blow, belt, biff, bop, box, buffet, bust, chop, clap, clip, clout, crack, cuff, dab, douse [British], fillip, hack, haymaker, hit, hook, knock, larrup [dialect], lash, lick, pelt, pick, plump, poke, pound, punch, rap, slam, slap, slug, smack, smash, sock, spank, stinger, stripe, stroke, swat, swipe, switch, thud, thump, thwack, wallop, welt, whack, wham, whop (also whap)Related Words counter, counterblow, counterpunch, counterstroke; body blow, hand, kick, knee, left, one-two, rabbit punch, right, right-hander, roundhouse, shiver, sidewinder, sucker punch, swing, uppercut; cruncher, kayo, knockdown, knockout, KO; bastinado (or bastinade), battering, beating, bludgeoning, clobbering, cudgeling (or cudgelling), drubbing, hammering, lambasting, licking, pasting, pounding, pummeling (also pummelling), thrashing; flogging, walloping, whip, whipping

  2. 2 a rhythmic expanding and contracting <a single beat of the heart is said to be all that separates the vice president from the presidency> Synonyms pulsation, beating, palpitation, pulse, throbRelated Words fluctuation, oscillation, vibration; quiver, tremble, tremor

  3. 3 the recurrent pattern formed by a series of sounds having a regular rise and fall in intensity <moved to the beat of the music> Synonyms rhythm, cadence, measure, meterRelated Words accent, accentuation, emphasis, stress; backbeat; drum, throb; lilt, movement, sway, swing; hexameter, pentameter, tetrameter, trimeter

  4. 4 a very small space of time <within a beat he was on the phone complaining about an error in his bill> Synonyms instant, eyeblink, flash, heartbeat, jiff, jiffy, minute, moment, nanosecond, New York minute, second, shake, split second, trice, twinkle, twinkling, winkRelated Words microsecond; snatch, spurtNear Antonyms aeon (or eon), age, eternity, forever; infinity, lifetime




beat

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of beat

  1. 1 to strike repeatedly <they attacked and beat him, but fortunately he'll be fine> Synonyms bash, baste, bat, batter, belabor, belt, birch, bludgeon, buffet, bung up, club, curry, do, drub, fib [British], flog, hammer, hide, lace, lambaste (or lambast), lash, lather, lick, maul, mess (up), paddle, pelt, pommel, pound, pummel, punch out, rough (up), slate, slog, switch, tan, thrash, thresh, thump, tromp, wallop, whale, whip, whop (or whap), whup, work over Related Words assail, assault, attack, beset, box, bust, chop, clobber, clout, crack, cudgel, cuff, descend (on or upon), hit, jump (on), knock, lam, lay on, paste, pounce (on or upon), punch, raid, rush, slam, slap, smack, smash, sock, spank, storm, swat, swipe, thwack, whack, wham, whomp; blackjack, cane, cowhide, flagellate, fustigate, horsewhip, leather, pistol-whip, rawhide, scourge, strap; gore, lacerate, wound; maim, mangle, mutilate Phrases beat up on

  2. 2 to achieve a victory over <she always beats everyone at checkers, but she's not as good at chess> Synonyms best, conquer, defeat, dispatch, do down [British], get, get around, lick, master, overbear, overcome, overmatch, prevail (over), skunk, stop, subdue, surmount, take, trim, triumph (over), upend, win (against), worst Related Words sweep; edge (out), nose out, pip [British]; annihilate, blow away, blow out, bomb, break, bury, clobber, cream, crush, drub, finish, flatten, overwhelm, rout, shellac, skin, slaughter, smoke [slang], snow under, thrash, trounce, upset, wallop, wax [slang], whip; cap, excel, flourish, score, succeed; knock off, knock over, overpower, overthrow, subjugate, unseat, vanquish; ace (out), better, eclipse, exceed, excel, outdistance, outdo, outfight, outshine, outstrip, overtop, surpass, top, transcend Phrases get the better of, knock for a loop Near Antonyms fall, give up, go down, go under; collapse, fail, flop, flunk, fold, wash out Antonyms lose (to)

  3. 3 to be greater, better, or stronger than <this new animated feature sure beats everything else that's ever been done in animation> Synonyms surpass, better, eclipse, exceed, excel, outclass, outdistance, outdo, outgun, outmatch, outshine, outstrip, overtop, top, tower (over), transcendRelated Words one-up, outpace, outrace, outrun, overpass; best, clobber, conquer, crush, defeat, drub, lick, master, outcompete, outperform, overcome, overmatch, prevail (over), rout, shame, skunk, subdue, surmount, thrash, trim, triumph (over), trounce, wallop, whip, win (against), worst; outbalance, outweigh, overbear, overshadow, trumpNear Antonyms lose (to)

  4. 4 to expand and contract in a rhythmic manner <the patient's heart beats roughly 60 times per minute> Synonyms pulsate, palpitate, pit-a-pat, pitter-patter, pulse, throbRelated Words fluctuate, oscillate, vibrate; quiver, tremble

  5. 5 to move or cause to move with a striking motion <the bird's wings beat strongly as it soared in the air> Synonyms flap, flail, flop, flutter, whipRelated Words bang, batter, buffet, knock, pound, smack, spank, thump; flick, flicker, flit; fan, oscillate, sway, swing; undulate, wave; palpitate, pulse, throb

  6. 6 to prevent from achieving a goal <you beat me to it> Synonyms baffle, balk, frustrate, checkmate, discomfit, foil, thwartRelated Words bar, block, clog, encumber, fetter, hamper, handicap, hinder, hobble, hold back, impede, inhibit, interfere (with), manacle, obstruct, shackle, tie up, trammel; arrest, check, halt, set back, short-circuit, stall, stop; avert, forestall, obviate, preclude, prevent; negate, neutralize, nullify; counteract, offset; conquer, defeat, overcomeNear Antonyms abet, aid, assist; ease, facilitate, smoothAntonyms advance, cultivate, encourage, forward, foster, further, nurture, promote

  7. 7 to shape with a hammer <the medieval artisans who beat iron into exquisite swords> Synonyms hammer, draw, forge, poundRelated Words chase, planish; fashion, form, knead, model, mold, pat, work; coin, mint, stamp; abate, boast, carve, chisel, cut, grave, hew, knap, sculpt, sculpture

  8. 8 to shine with a bright harsh light <the tropical sun beat down on our heads without mercy> Synonyms glare, blaze, burn, flame, flareRelated Words beam, glow, radiate; flash, glance, gleam, glimmer, glint, glisten, glister, glitter, scintillate, shimmer, sparkle, twinkle; bedazzle, blind, daze, dazzle

  9. 9 to strike or cause to strike lightly and usually rhythmically <beat the drum in a marching rhythm> Synonyms {h,1}tap, drum, rapRelated Words bang, bash, bat, bonk, bop, hammer, hit, knock, paste, pound, slam, smack, sock, strike, swat, thud, thump, thwack, wallop, whack; chink, clatter, clink, ping; pat, pit-a-pat, pitter-patter; chuck, clap, click, flick, tip

  10. 10 to throw into a state of mental uncertainty <it beats me how that slipup happened> Synonyms addle, baffle, bamboozle, confuse, befog, befuddle, bemuse, bewilder, buffalo, confound, discombobulate, disorient, flummox, fox, fuddle, get, gravel, maze, muddle, muddy, mystify, perplex, pose, puzzle, vexRelated Words stick, stump, weird out; abash, discomfit, disconcert, discountenance, embarrass, faze, fluster, mortify, nonplus, rattle; agitate, bother, chagrin, discomfort, discompose, dismay, disquiet, distress, disturb, perturb, stun, unhinge, unsettle, upset; beguile, cozen, deceive, delude, dupe, fool, gull, hoax, hoodwink, humbug, misguide, mislead, snow, string along, take in, trickNear Antonyms assure, reassure, satisfy; enlighten, inform

  11. 11 to avoid having to comply with (something) especially through cleverness <he spends all of his time trying to beat the system> Synonyms circumvent, bypass, dodge, get around, shortcut, sidestep, skirtRelated Words avoid, duck, elude, end-run, escape, eschew, evade, outflank, shake, shirk, shun; disobey, disregard, flout, ignore; avert, deflect, divert, obviate, parry, prevent, ward (off)Near Antonyms accede (to), acquiesce (to), assent (to); accept, court, embrace, pursue, seek, welcome; catch, contract, incurAntonyms comply (with), follow, keep, obey, observe

  12. 12 to reduce to fine particles <years of pounding had beaten the pebbles to a fine dust> Synonyms atomize, powder, bray, comminute, crush, disintegrate, grind, mill, mull, pound, pulverizeRelated Words grate, kibble; crumble, crunch; break, bust, dash, fracture, fragment; shatter, smash, splinter; micronize

  13. 13 to rob by the use of trickery or threats <the screenwriter has filed a lawsuit, accusing the production company of beating him out of his share of the film's net profits> Synonyms fleece, bilk, bleed, cheat, chisel, chouse, con, cozen, defraud, diddle, do, do in, euchre, fiddle, flimflam, gaff, gyp, hose [slang], hustle, mulct, nobble [British slang], pluck, ream, rip off, rook, screw, shake down, short, shortchange, skin, skunk, squeeze, stick, stiff, sting, sucker, swindle, thimblerig, victimizeRelated Words extort, wrench, wrest, wring; clip, gouge, nick, overcharge, soak; exploit, milk; deceive, dupe, fool, gull, trick; rope (in); betray, bitch, double-cross; bamboozle, fast-talk




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