beat·​en | \ ˈbē-tᵊn How to pronounce beaten (audio) \

Definition of beaten

1 : hammered into a desired shape beaten gold
2 : much trodden and worn smooth also : familiar a beaten path
3 : being in a state of exhaustion : exhausted
off the beaten track or US off the beaten path
: in a remote place rarely visited by people The store is truly located off the beaten path, in an industrial park tucked away on a quiet road.— Mike Lustig I am always looking for trips that are off the beaten track and are simple, safe, and rewarding in the numbers and varieties of birds located.— Hugh P. Smith, Jr.

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Examples of beaten in a Sentence

felt beaten after three months of 90-hour workweeks
Recent Examples on the Web Some are more off the beaten path; musician does her crying at the Hare Krishna drum circle in Union Square, and actor Alex Newell is a proponent of sobbing at HomeGoods. Emma Specter, Vogue, "The 25 Best Places to Cry in New York," 14 Feb. 2020 Some of these winners are big and brash, set in the heart of hopping towns like Playa del Carmen and Cancun, others are tiny, intimate, barefoot and well off the beaten path. Ann Abel, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Resorts in Mexico: 2019 Readers' Choice Awards," 17 Jan. 2020 However, as travel to SEAsia grows more and more popular, travelers are expanding their tastes and venturing out to discover the beauty off the beaten path destinations likeVietnam. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "Black Travel Vibes: This Vietnamese Adventure Is Off The Beaten Path," 24 Sep. 2019 The other schools also sit way off the beaten path. Ben Thomas |, al, "Breaking down AHSAA fall reclassification in Mobile and Coastal Alabama," 17 Dec. 2019 Here are a few reasons why Belize is quickly becoming a luxury hotspot for adventure seeking jet-setters, bachelorette crews and spa enthusiasts looking for something slightly off the beaten path. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "The Luxe Belize Getaway You And Your Girls Need Today," 5 Nov. 2019 Kudos to the Cleveland Orchestra for committing to an entire evening off the beaten path. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "Cleveland Orchestra champions the overlooked with Hamelin, Slobodeniouk," 25 Oct. 2019 That’s largely because it’s headquartered in San Francisco, off the beaten path of state government and reporters who cover it. Los Angeles Times, "There’s a new sheriff at the California Public Utilities Commission. PG&E better shape up," 21 Oct. 2019 Venture off the beaten path, away from the traditional sports bars--and hit some of these unexpected hotspots in Houston. Alison Medley, Houston Chronicle, "Party with Champions: The best spots to watch the Astros World Series games in Houston," 20 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of beaten

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for beaten

Middle English beten, from past participle of beten "to beat entry 1"

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The first known use of beaten was in the 13th century

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27 Feb 2020

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“Beaten.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of beaten

: formed into a desired shape by being hit with a hammer
of a path, trail, etc. : made smooth : walked on by many people
: having lost all hope or spirit


beat·​en | \ ˈbē-tᵊn How to pronounce beaten (audio) \

Kids Definition of beaten

1 : worn smooth by passing feet a beaten path
2 : having lost all hope or spirit Unable to find a job, she felt beaten.

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