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.

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Examples of beaten in a Sentence

felt beaten after three months of 90-hour workweeks

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Take a Hike Half Moon Bay is spoiled for scenic hikes — the trails through the Purisima Creek Redwoods Preserve are a favorite of Clark’s — but for a beautiful, off the beaten path hike, Clark recommends following the coast. David Ferry,, "Mavericks legend Jeff Clark’s favorite spots in Half Moon Bay," 10 July 2018 But as Studio Tack’s Chou and Smith pointed out, there’s always demand for something off the beaten path. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Motel revivalism: How hipster hoteliers created a new roadside attraction," 22 June 2018 Finding the right spot can be tricky, too: level and unobstructed, yet off the beaten path and somewhat private. Gray Chapman, SELF, "7 Tips for Mastering the Art of Peeing Outside," 8 June 2018 Part of the sense of being off the beaten track comes from the fact that Anna Maria was accessible only by ferry until 1922, when the island’s first bridge was constructed to the mainland village of Cortez. Clifford Pugh, San Antonio Express-News, "Anna Maria Island a time capsule of simpler times in Florida," 5 June 2018 Riot police alongside pro-government paramilitary forces have shot live ammunition and rubber bullets into crowds, launched tear gas, and severely beaten students equipped with rocks, homemade mortars, and Molotov cocktails. Sarah Kinosian, Teen Vogue, "Nicaragua's Students Have Spent Months Protesting President Daniel Ortega," 4 June 2018 Marks State Park Named for the redwood-loving matriarch of the family who donated land for the park in the 1960s, Nisene Marks lies just far enough off the beaten path to draw fewer visitors than Cowell or Big Basin. Peter Fish, San Francisco Chronicle, "The 5 best spots around Santa Cruz to see redwoods," 12 Apr. 2018 Cartwright soon found himself off the beaten path and stuck in the woods. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Driver with truck full of potato chips gets lost for days, doesn't eat any chips," 30 Apr. 2018 To help draw guests a bit off the beaten path, some of these hotels have a distinctive look. Tim Logan,, "A glittering transformation: The art of resetting jewels into striking new jewelry," 29 Mar. 2018

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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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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 \

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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