beaten

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adjective beat·en \ˈbē-tən\

Definition of beaten

  1. 1 :  hammered into a desired shape beaten gold

  2. 2 :  much trodden and worn smooth; also :  familiar a beaten path

  3. 3 :  being in a state of exhaustion :  exhausted

off the beaten track

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off the beaten path

  1. :  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


First Known Use: 13th century



BEATEN Defined for English Language Learners

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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

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adjective beat·en \ˈbē-tən\

Definition of beaten for Students

  1. 1 :  worn smooth by passing feet a beaten path

  2. 2 :  having lost all hope or spirit Unable to find a job, she felt beaten.



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