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 switch is bad if the meter doesn't beep with the switch flipped to On. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Use a Digital Multimeter," 21 Oct. 2020 The switch is bad if the meter doesn't beep with the switch flipped to On. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Use a Digital Multimeter," 21 Oct. 2020 The switch is bad if the meter doesn't beep with the switch flipped to On. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Use a Digital Multimeter," 21 Oct. 2020 Masks are worn everywhere, as are Kinexon tracking devices, which beep when a person gets too close to someone else. Amie Just | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "NFL training camps are set to begin. The coronavirus is still here. Here's how the Saints will navigate both.," 8 Aug. 2020 Up the road in Florence, visitors to the Duomo will be required to wear a necklace that will beep when people are too close to each other. Eric J. Lyman, USA TODAY, "'So thankful to be back': Italy, first to lockdown in Europe, is slowly reopening, welcoming back tourists," 1 June 2020 Her phone beeped constantly with text messages from peers who were struggling to do Zoom classes in the dorms, with spotty Wi-Fi and no quiet space to work. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus pandemic stresses young adults aging out of foster care," 3 May 2020 Two-and-a-half hours of hold music later, the line beeped and went silent. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, "Patience wearing thin for Kentuckians still awaiting unemployment checks," 24 Apr. 2020 Suddenly, horns beeped ceaselessly and cars filled with family members meandered their way down the street, passing his home at the end of the cul-de-sac, throwing balloons with gifts as well as words of love and appreciation in his direction. Hayden Grove, cleveland, "Watch 96th birthday parade for WWII veteran Salvatore Scherma, organized by his family in Independence," 2 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The battle with the mirror carp, Riley told me, began at 3:15 A.M., when Riley’s eyes opened after a single, loud beep sounded from his bite alarm. Kirk Deeter, Field & Stream, "F&S Classics: Carp Crazy," 5 Dec. 2020 But much of his content is about human behavior, including his bit on people incessantly hitting the lock button on their car key to hear the beep confirming that it's locked. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "'Daily Show' correspondent Michael Kosta puts Detroit in the spotlight with comedy special," 9 Dec. 2020 Whitehouse was eventually greeted by Nuclear Rush’s beep-boop music and title screen. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "How Video Game Historians Resurrected Sega's Lost VR Headset," 20 Nov. 2020 The only indication participants would have that a ghost had sneaked into a meeting is a beep when the ghost joins. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Cisco rolls out fix for Webex flaws that let hackers eavesdrop on meetings," 18 Nov. 2020 Blood pressure, oxygen level and then, the beep of the thermometer. Jessica Contrera, Washington Post, "The virus was spreading inside a home for disabled women. Could it be stopped?," 18 Nov. 2020 Louisiana katydids of a wet summer night beep inside my brains. W. S. Di Piero, The Atlantic, "Tinnitus," 15 Nov. 2020 Each unit sends out a different beep., and with directional receiving towers, the location of each animal can be pinpointed with a few years. Bob Brister, Field & Stream, "F&S Classics: The Elephants of Chirisa," 12 Nov. 2020 In theory, the idea is that a customer would be able to use an app to find all of the devices in their rental or hotel by tapping buttons to set off the beep mechanism or LED light. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "There Might Be Secret Surveillance Equipment in Your Vacation Rental," 30 June 2020

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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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“Beep.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beep. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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More Definitions for beep

beep

verb

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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