beep

verb
\ ˈbēp How to pronounce beep (audio) \
beeped; beeping; beeps

Definition of beep

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cause to sound beep a horn
2 : to send a message to (someone) with a beeper Dr. Khoury was beeped to perform an emergency operation at American University Hospital.— Scot Macleod

intransitive verb

1 : to sound a horn
2 : to make a beep

beep

noun

Definition of beep (Entry 2 of 2)

: a short usually high-pitched sound (as from a horn or an electronic device) that serves as a signal or warning

Examples of beep in a Sentence

Verb Why did you beep your horn at her? She beeped at me first. Something is beeping in the kitchen. I could hear a beeping noise. Noun the beep of a car horn Please leave a message after the beep.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The system beeps as soon as the driver turns off the ignition, and the driver has to physically turn off the alarm with a lever at the back of the bus, prosecutors said. Julian Gill, Houston Chronicle, "Houston bus driver charged in toddler's death left another child on the same bus, prosecutors reveal," 24 July 2019 That includes several groups that also have tried to silence car alarms and the loud beeps that many cars make when an owner uses the remote key lock. NBC News, "Chirps, beeps, or...Linkin Park? Electric vehicle owners could soon select the noise their car makes," 30 Sep. 2019 The driver then reportedly beeped, hit another car in the driveway and fled — with one of the bicycles still lodged underneath the vehicle, according to police. Fox News, "Hit-and-run driver plows into group of kids in front of Massachusetts home, speeds away," 15 Oct. 2019 By itself, Sputnik did nothing but orbit Earth while beeping. The Economist, "Google claims to have demonstrated “quantum supremacy”," 26 Sep. 2019 Police arrived and spoke with a woman, who said the driver had remained stopped at a green light and, after the witness beeped her horn, started moving, but was weaving all over the road and into the oncoming lane of traffic. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland, "Good Samaritan stops suspected drunken driver and takes his keys: North Olmsted Police Blotter," 29 Sep. 2019 Teslas, Mercedes and hybrid cars passed by, with drivers mostly beeping their horns in support. Los Angeles Times, "Trump says California cities ‘destroying themselves’ with homelessness," 17 Sep. 2019 The woman beeped her horn and swerved to avoid a crash. John Benson, cleveland.com, "Drunk driver fights seatbelt on way to jail: Broadview Heights Police Blotter," 21 Aug. 2019 During a recent practice, the cellphone in Ancira’s pocket beeps from an early warning app. Los Angeles Times, "Trona High’s once-mighty Sandmen fight to keep football alive in wake of earthquakes," 28 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Before Lauren could say anything, there was a loud, steady beep. Greg Borowski, jsonline.com, "The Christmas Boxes: A story about love and loss, mothers and daughters," 20 Dec. 2019 On Monday afternoon, the beeps of heavy machinery sounded near Juneway Beach. Mary Wisniewski, chicagotribune.com, "Following severe fall storms, Chicago launches shoreline protection project at Juneway Beach," 18 Nov. 2019 The beep is heard by the umpire through an earpiece, giving him time for a quick ball strike reaction. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Schmidt: Computer strike zone good, but check your hearing," 8 Oct. 2019 That could offer them a variety of different options, everything from beeps and buzzes to sounds created by rock group Linkin Park for German automaker Mercedes-Benz. NBC News, "Chirps, beeps, or...Linkin Park? Electric vehicle owners could soon select the noise their car makes," 30 Sep. 2019 Its name comes from the beep of Space Age satellites. Heather Knight, SFChronicle.com, "A 49 Mile reminder of San Francisco’s magic," 15 Nov. 2019 What makes this timer special are its jumbo-size numbers and loud beep. BostonGlobe.com, "A timer that won’t make you squint or strain - The Boston Globe," 24 Sep. 2019 The crosswalks, which give an auditory beep and give voice instructions, are being installed at multiple crosswalks around the city at a cost of $6,000 each. Houston Mitchell, latimes.com, "Morning Briefing: Dwyane Wade surprises students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas graduation," 3 June 2019 The earliest days of the consumer internet were soundtracked by a cacophony of digital hisses and beeps. Mike Murphy, Quartz, "From dial-up to 5G: a complete guide to logging on to the internet," 29 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of beep

Verb

1933, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1943, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for beep

Verb

from beep-beep, imitative of the sound of a horn, or verbal derivative of beep entry 2

Noun

earlier beep-beep, imitative of the sound of a horn

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7 Jan 2020

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“Beep.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beep. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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More Definitions for beep

beep

verb
How to pronounce beep (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of beep

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to cause (a horn, an electronic device, etc.) to make a beep
: to send a message to (someone) with a beeper

beep

noun

English Language Learners Definition of beep (Entry 2 of 2)

: a short, high sound made by a horn, an electronic device, etc.

beep

noun
\ ˈbēp How to pronounce beep (audio) \

Kids Definition of beep

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a sound that signals or warns

beep

verb
beeped; beeping

Kids Definition of beep (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make or cause to make a sound that signals or warns The alarm is beeping.

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