bat·​tered | \ ˈba-tərd How to pronounce battered (audio) \

Definition of battered

1 : damaged or worn down by hard use a battered old hat a battered truck
2 : injured by repeated blows the victim's battered body a boxer's battered face
3 : subjected to repeated physical abuse providing help for battered wives/children … the store turned into an impromptu women's crisis center, where battered women and mothers trying to rescue their daughters from abusive dads gravitated.— Donna Minkowitz

Examples of battered in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced a €4.25 billion ($4.75 billion) package to bolster the country’s battered tourism industry. Fortune, "With its borders reopening this weekend, Spain plans a giant spending package for its ravaged tourism sector," 20 June 2020 After imposing a strict nationwide curfew in mid-March to limit the spread of the virus, his government took steps to begin reopening the battered economy a week ago. Washington Post, "Live updates: Surging coronavirus caseloads lead to new wave of mask requirements," 18 June 2020 Nationwide, retail sales rose a record 17.7% from April to May, following a record plunge, as the battered economy slowly started to reopen, but numbers still trail last year’s consumer spending. Chronicle Staff,, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: June 16," 17 June 2020 Thinley, known to everyone in the village by his last name, wore a battered down jacket, a baseball cap, and the unruffled calm of a man who has weathered 42 Himalayan winters. Peter Gwin, National Geographic, "Himalaya ‘ghost cats’ are finally coming into view," 16 June 2020 Midtown Manhattan was pocked with battered storefronts after Monday’s protests. Zeke Miller And Tim Sullivan, The Christian Science Monitor, "Peace, not troops, marked Tuesday's George Floyd protests," 3 June 2020 In New York, midtown Manhattan was pocked with battered storefronts after Monday's protests. Zeke Miller, Tim Sullivan, Anchorage Daily News, "Protesters return to the streets as Trump decries ‘lowlifes’," 3 June 2020 Japan inched toward resuming more activities Tuesday after a dropoff in virus cases led the government to end its nationwide state of emergency and bring a new focus to rebuilding a battered economy. Isabel Reynolds,, "Japan Tentatively Begins to Open Up After Emergency Ends," 1 June 2020 But its plans to hire outside of the state come as more brutal news for the battered state economy, Read The Chronicle’s story. Chronicle Staff,, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: June 2-3," 4 June 2020

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First Known Use of battered

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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26 Jun 2020

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“Battered.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of battered

: damaged by being used too much or in a careless way
: badly injured by being hit many times
: physically hurt by another person (such as a husband or parent)


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Kids Definition of battered

: worn down or injured by hard use She wore a battered old hat.

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