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 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 There should be signs so that I don’t get beeped at. Gary Richards, The Mercury News, "More paving planned for Highway 17: Roadshow," 19 Aug. 2019 Now we are besieged with the noise from loud heavy equipment, beeping trucks, and the crashes and thuds of construction at all hours, and throttled by shaking houses and jarring vibrations. Sandra Ruiz-parrilla, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: Amid the roar of construction machinery, health officials listened. We thank you.," 28 Aug. 2019 The melodious sounds are a vast improvement over the standard beeps, bings, and bongs in most vehicles. Anne Quito, Quartz, "The wellness movement has infiltrated car design," 10 Aug. 2019 Outside, Mack cement mixers beep past John Deere bulldozers. Amanda Chicago Lewis, The Verge, "Big Alcohol is pouring," 30 July 2019 The switch is good if the meter beeps with the switch in the On position. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How To Use a Digital Multimeter," 25 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 At the public library in Wilmer, Tex., books were checked out not with the beeps of bar code readers but with the scratches of pen on notebook paper. David E. Sanger, New York Times, "Ransomware Attacks Are Testing Resolve of Cities Across America," 22 Aug. 2019 Bartoszek held up a radio antenna shaped like a horizontal football goal post and listened for beeps. Gena Steffens, Smithsonian, "The Snakes That Ate Florida," 11 July 2019 More notably, Rosen’s research has consistently shown that notifications stress us out—and that constant notifications, beeps, buzzes, and vibrations from our smartphones and computers all contribute to ongoing chemical stress. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "A Brief History of Smartphone Notifications," 26 June 2019 Connors was one of only a few who had never taken a beep test, a multistage fitness exercise used to measure cardiovascular fitness and maximum oxygen uptake. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Area’s best of the best for grades and games," 13 June 2019 The sweep and beeps and new attempts will go on for several weeks. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Is Making Its Last-Chance Attempt to Save the Opportunity Rover," 29 Jan. 2019 Organizers gathered cellphones and watches to prevent any noises or beeps. Sam Tabachnik, The Denver Post, "Baby powder, computer fans and flying fingers: Welcome to the Olympics of court reporting," 15 Aug. 2019 The corridors of the building buzz with the ceaseless clicking of keyboards, a kind of white noise, accompanied by the electronic beeps that signal a task has been completed or information is now awaiting retrieval. Barry Lopez, Harper's magazine, "Polar Light," 10 Jan. 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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The first known use of beep was in 1933

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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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