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 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 Off the beaten path, check out the castles of Dubrovnik in Croatia and enjoy the city’s gorgeous beaches and budget-friendly fine dining. Esther Trattner, San Diego Union-Tribune, "15 trips to take in retirement," 24 Sep. 2019 The videos focus on topics such as art, food, fashion, music and are not too complex by topic—coffee culture in Ethiopia, best things to do in Nairobi; off the beaten path or street food in Soweto. Ciku Kimeria, Quartz Africa, "These Chinese vloggers are changing how China’s rising middle class sees Africa," 24 Sep. 2019 Get out of the touristy neighborhoods into some more off the beaten path. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "5 things to do on your first trip to Philadelphia beyond the Liberty Bell," 12 Sep. 2019 The hotel also offers cooking classes, food tours, and carefully crafted excursions to magnificent temples and villages that are off the beaten path. Emily Selter, Town & Country, "T&C Travel Guide: Angkor Wat Beyond the Temples," 10 Sep. 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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20 Nov 2019

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“Beaten.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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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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