battered

adjective
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 After a year of battling the coronavirus pandemic and inheriting a battered global economy, how close is the light at the end of the tunnel? Rick Hammell, Forbes, 21 May 2021 The choice of Queenstown for the meeting was deliberate as New Zealand tries to revive its battered tourism industry. Nick Perry, Star Tribune, 30 May 2021 Facilitating cross-border travel would help alleviate the pressure on Europe’s battered tourism industry. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 21 May 2021 Meanwhile, two of the largest Chicago hotels that closed early in the COVID-19 pandemic are preparing to reopen next month, a sign of hope for the battered downtown hospitality industry. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, 20 May 2021 Topline Taking a major step towards healing its battered tourism industry, the European Union on Wednesday agreed to allow vaccinated tourists to visit the 27-country bloc, multiple outlets report. Jack Brewster, Forbes, 19 May 2021 Two of the largest Chicago hotels that closed early in the COVID-19 pandemic are preparing to reopen next month, a sign of hope for the battered downtown hospitality industry. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, 19 May 2021 For the battered tourism industry, that may mean a second summer of empty hotel rooms and restaurants. Sandrine Rastello, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Apr. 2021 Tomorrow is a big day for the battered airline industry as Alaska Air ALK -2.7% (ALK), Southwest CSWC -0.7% (LUV), and American Airlines AAL -5.5% (AAL) line up to report. Jj Kinahan, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of battered

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of battered was in 1593

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15 Jun 2021

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“Battered.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/battered. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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battered

adjective

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)

battered

adjective
bat·​tered | \ ˈba-tərd \

Kids Definition of battered

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

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