beaten

adjective beat·en \ ˈbē-tᵊn \

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.

Examples of beaten in a Sentence

  1. felt beaten after three months of 90-hour workweeks

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Origin and Etymology of beaten

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


BEATEN Defined for English Language Learners

beaten

adjective

Definition of beaten for English Language Learners

  • : 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


BEATEN Defined for Kids

beaten

adjective beat·en \ ˈbē-tᵊn \

Definition of beaten for Students

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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