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

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With just one or two weeks to discover a new place, there’s time to see the must-sees, try some great restaurants, and even discover a spot or two off the beaten path. Nikhil Sonnad, Quartz, "To get the most out of your next trip, travel like a reporter," 6 July 2019 Check out the OG Stumptown coffee shop next door, or stray off the beaten brunch path to Vivienne’s Kitchen & Pantry, where each nourishing meal is made individually with intention and love. Sarah Rubin, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Eat & Drink Your Way Through Portland," 3 July 2019 Off the beaten path Previous SlideNext Slide My first experience with the X7 came as a passenger during a BMW event earlier this year. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Go big and go home: The BMW X7 reviewed," 28 June 2019 The same is true at Parkville, where the staff has set up a section of lockers off the beaten path, so students can pick up a backpack of food to take home. Liz Bowie,, "How a nonprofit turned Baltimore County school storage rooms into a free general store for students in need," 11 June 2019 Off the beaten path in Istanbul, the colorful houses of the Balat and Fener neighborhoods are examples of the historic communities in the city’s Jewish and Greek quarters. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 25 most colorful cities in the world," 19 Feb. 2019 Here, your guide to the fair, plus not-to-miss museums and galleries off the beaten path. Michaela Trimble, Vogue, "Where to Go During ArtBo Bogotá, the Art Basel of Latin America," 18 Oct. 2018 Innovative startups would multiply to explore treatment ideas off the beaten path, as happened in response to the Orphan Drug Act. Paul J. Marangos, WSJ, "The Terminally Ill Need More Than the ‘Right to Try’," 13 Aug. 2018 Although many flock to the Space Needle for sweeping views of the city or into the bustling Pike's Place Market, there's actually an astounding array of places a little more off the beaten path that are just as likely to boost your followers. Claire Volkman, Marie Claire, "The 8 Most Instagrammable U.S. Cities to Visit This Summer," 1 June 2017

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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 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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