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 Off the beaten track, perhaps, but Benin on the west coast of Africa is home to the ancient Kingdom of Dahomey and Atlantic beaches. Siva Sithraputhran, Fortune, "Fully vaccinated and nowhere to go: New travel advisories leave Americans with slim pickings," 25 Apr. 2021 In 2019, Game Changer covered 48,000 miles, much of which was spent off the beaten track in colder climates. Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, "Boat of the Week: Meet ‘Game Changer,’ a 227-Foot Explorer Yacht With the World’s Best Dive Center," 26 Mar. 2021 Remove the bagels from the oven and brush with the beaten egg. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Popovers! Perfect for Passover and beyond," 17 Mar. 2021 The desolate canyon will be just as gorgeous without the obelisk, and now those who want to leave the beaten track can enjoy it, and thousands just like it, without battling the blitz of the #explorers. Mark Sundeen, Outside Online, "Who's Really to Blame for the Monolith Shitshow," 3 Dec. 2020 Brush the pie tops with the remaining beaten egg. Bake the pies for 20-25 minutes, rotating the pan one halfway through. Paul Stephen,, "Recipe: Bourbon Pecan Hand Pies," 14 Oct. 2020 Brush the edges of each square with the beaten egg. Paul Stephen,, "Recipe: Bourbon Pecan Hand Pies," 14 Oct. 2020 The Silverado Trail is both the best and easiest way to get off the beaten track in the Napa Valley., "Silverado Trail: Napa Valley’s road less traveled," 8 Jan. 2019 Using a pastry brush, brush the pie dough with the beaten egg and sprinkle with Sugar in the Raw. Kristen Massad, Dallas News, "3 classic apple recipes to try this fall, from deep dish pie to quiche," 8 Oct. 2020

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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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2 May 2021

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“Beaten.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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