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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Many owners, including Heiman, said alarms would beep, dashboard warning lights would come on, the driver's side windows would roll down and the mystery braking would happen. Detroit Free Press, 19 Mar. 2022 Many owners, including Heiman, said alarms would beep, dashboard warning lights would come on, the driver's side windows would roll down and the mystery braking would happen. Detroit Free Press, 19 Mar. 2022 Many owners, including Heiman, said alarms would beep, dashboard warning lights would come on, the driver's side windows would roll down and the mystery braking would happen. Detroit Free Press, 19 Mar. 2022 In another sequence, at night, stationary cars in a parking lot start to beep their alarms one by one, as if roused by some unseen force. David Sims, The Atlantic, 1 Apr. 2022 The switch is bad if the meter doesn’t beep with the switch flipped to On. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 29 Mar. 2022 Many owners, including Heiman, said alarms would beep, dashboard warning lights would come on, the driver's side windows would roll down and the mystery braking would happen. Detroit Free Press, 19 Mar. 2022 Many owners, including Heiman, said alarms would beep, dashboard warning lights would come on, the driver's side windows would roll down and the mystery braking would happen. Detroit Free Press, 19 Mar. 2022 Many owners, including Heiman, said alarms would beep, dashboard warning lights would come on, the driver's side windows would roll down and the mystery braking would happen. CBS News, 18 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Traditional collectors are often drawn to provenance and pedigree, so a sale focused on the lineage of computer art might help convince them that NFT artists have a stronger art historical foundation beyond the beep and boop of internet forums. New York Times, 14 Apr. 2022 But the beep can be difficult to hear, and the timing of the warnings apparently varies. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, 11 Feb. 2022 Like Mierke, Diffely recommends setting a metronome from 170 to 180 to increase step rate and then lifting your heels with the beep. Cate Hotchkiss, Outside Online, 9 June 2016 As Christmas delivery deadlines loom during the supply-chain crisis, cranes beep, chassis rattle and the chapel vibrates when trucks pass. Washington Post, 21 Dec. 2021 Across Africa, please call me services are a popular function in the mobile telecom industry, especially as telcos push to lower beep calls—whereby a user calls a contact but hangs up before the billing counter sets in. Tawanda Karombo, Quartz, 10 Feb. 2022 Charlotte dealing with her child’s gender identity) and lows (Carrie’s vexed boss, Che; the episode-long subplot about an apartment beep). Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 4 Feb. 2022 In addition to the beep alert, a rogue AirTag will automatically send a notification to any nearby iPhone owner. Michael Kan, PCMAG, 3 Feb. 2022 Today, magnetometers meant to detect weapons beep regularly as House lawmakers enter and exit the chamber, serving as a regular reminder of the attack. Natalie Andrews, WSJ, 27 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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Last Updated

25 May 2022

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“Beep.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beep. Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for beep

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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