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beat

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of beat

  1. depleted in strength, energy, or freshness can we pick this up tomorrow, because I'm beat? Synonyms of beat all in, aweary [archaic], weary, beaten, bleary, burned-out (or burnt-out), bushed, dead, done, done in, drained, exhausted, fatigued, jaded, knackered [British], limp, logy (also loggy), played out, pooped [slang], prostrate, spent, tapped out, tired, tuckered (out), washed-out, wearied, wiped out, worn, worn-outWords Related to beat overfatigued, overtaxed, overworked; broken-down, run-down; debilitated, enervate, enervated, enfeebled, sapped, weakened; drowsy, heavy, sleepy; lethargic, sluggishNear Antonyms of beat fresh, refreshed, rejuvenated, relaxed, rested, revitalized; active, energetic, invigorated, peppy, strengthened, strong, tireless, vitalized, wearilessAntonyms of beat unwearied


beat

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of beat

  1. 1 a hard strike with a part of the body or an instrument delivered one hard beat on the drums Synonyms of beat bang, bash, bat, blow, belt, biff, bop, box, buffet, bust, chop, clap, clip, clout, crack, cuff, dab, douse [British], fillip, hack, haymaker, hit, hook, knock, larrup [dialect], lash, lick, pelt, pick, plump, poke, pound, punch, rap, slam, slap, slug, smack, smash, sock, spank, stinger, stripe, stroke, swat, swipe, switch, thud, thump, thwack, wallop, welt, whack, wham, whop (also whap)Words Related to beat counter, counterblow, counterpunch, counterstroke; body blow, hand, kick, knee, left, one-two, rabbit punch, right, right-hander, roundhouse, shiver, sidewinder, sucker punch, swing, uppercut; cruncher, kayo, knockdown, knockout, KO; bastinado (or bastinade), battering, beating, bludgeoning, clobbering, cudgeling (or cudgelling), drubbing, hammering, lambasting, licking, pasting, pounding, pummeling (also pummelling), thrashing; flogging, walloping, whip, whipping

  2. 2 a rhythmic expanding and contracting a single beat of the heart is said to be all that separates the vice president from the presidency Synonyms of beat pulsation, beating, palpitation, pulse, throbWords Related to beat fluctuation, oscillation, vibration; quiver, tremble, tremor

  3. 3 the recurrent pattern formed by a series of sounds having a regular rise and fall in intensity moved to the beat of the music Synonyms of beat rhythm, cadence, measure, meterWords Related to beat accent, accentuation, emphasis, stress; backbeat; drum, throb; lilt, movement, sway, swing; hexameter, pentameter, tetrameter, trimeter

  4. 4 a very small space of time within a beat he was on the phone complaining about an error in his bill Synonyms of beat instant, eyeblink, flash, heartbeat, jiff, jiffy, minute, moment, nanosecond, New York minute, second, shake, split second, trice, twinkle, twinkling, winkWords Related to beat microsecond; snatch, spurtNear Antonyms of beat aeon (or eon), age, eternity, forever; infinity, lifetime


beat

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of beat

  1. 1 to strike repeatedly they attacked and beat him, but fortunately he'll be fine Synonyms of beat bash, baste, bat, batter, belabor, belt, birch, bludgeon, buffet, bung up, club, curry, do, drub, fib [British], flog, hammer, hide, lace, lambaste (or lambast), lash, lather, lick, maul, mess (up), paddle, pelt, pommel, pound, pummel, punch out, rough (up), slate, slog, switch, tan, thrash, thresh, thump, tromp, wallop, whale, whip, whop (or whap), whup, work over Words Related to beat assail, assault, attack, beset, box, bust, chop, clobber, clout, crack, cudgel, cuff, descend (on or upon), hit, jump (on), knock, lam, lay on, paste, pounce (on or upon), punch, raid, rush, slam, slap, smack, smash, sock, spank, storm, swat, swipe, thwack, whack, wham, whomp; blackjack, cane, cowhide, flagellate, fustigate, horsewhip, leather, pistol-whip, rawhide, scourge, strap; gore, lacerate, wound; maim, mangle, mutilate Phrases beat up on

  2. 2 to achieve a victory over she always beats everyone at checkers, but she's not as good at chess Synonyms of beat best, conquer, defeat, dispatch, do down [British], get, get around, lick, master, overbear, overcome, overmatch, prevail (over), skunk, stop, subdue, surmount, take, trim, triumph (over), upend, win (against), worst Words Related to beat sweep; edge (out), nose out, pip [British]; annihilate, blow away, blow out, bomb, break, bury, clobber, cream, crush, drub, finish, flatten, overwhelm, rout, shellac, skin, slaughter, smoke [slang], snow under, thrash, trounce, upset, wallop, wax [slang], whip; cap, excel, flourish, score, succeed; knock off, knock over, overpower, overthrow, subjugate, unseat, vanquish; ace (out), better, eclipse, exceed, excel, outdistance, outdo, outfight, outshine, outstrip, overtop, surpass, top, transcend Phrases get the better of, knock for a loop Near Antonyms of beat fall, give up, go down, go under; collapse, fail, flop, flunk, fold, wash out Antonyms of beat lose (to)

  3. 3 to be greater, better, or stronger than this new animated feature sure beats everything else that's ever been done in animation Synonyms of beat surpass, better, eclipse, exceed, excel, outclass, outdistance, outdo, outgun, outmatch, outshine, outstrip, overtop, top, tower (over), transcendWords Related to beat one-up, outpace, outrace, outrun, overpass; best, clobber, conquer, crush, defeat, drub, lick, master, outcompete, outperform, overcome, overmatch, prevail (over), rout, shame, skunk, subdue, surmount, thrash, trim, triumph (over), trounce, wallop, whip, win (against), worst; outbalance, outweigh, overbear, overshadow, trumpNear Antonyms of beat lose (to)

  4. 4 to expand and contract in a rhythmic manner the patient's heart beats roughly 60 times per minute Synonyms of beat pulsate, palpitate, pit-a-pat, pitter-patter, pulse, throbWords Related to beat fluctuate, oscillate, vibrate; quiver, tremble

  5. 5 to move or cause to move with a striking motion the bird's wings beat strongly as it soared in the air Synonyms of beat flap, flail, flop, flutter, whipWords Related to beat bang, batter, buffet, knock, pound, smack, spank, thump; flick, flicker, flit; fan, oscillate, sway, swing; undulate, wave; palpitate, pulse, throb

  6. 6 to prevent from achieving a goal you beat me to it Synonyms of beat baffle, balk, frustrate, checkmate, discomfit, foil, thwartWords Related to beat bar, block, clog, encumber, fetter, hamper, handicap, hinder, hobble, hold back, impede, inhibit, interfere (with), manacle, obstruct, shackle, tie up, trammel; arrest, check, halt, set back, short-circuit, stall, stop; avert, forestall, obviate, preclude, prevent; negate, neutralize, nullify; counteract, offset; conquer, defeat, overcomeNear Antonyms of beat abet, aid, assist; ease, facilitate, smoothAntonyms of beat advance, cultivate, encourage, forward, foster, further, nurture, promote

  7. 7 to shape with a hammer the medieval artisans who beat iron into exquisite swords Synonyms of beat hammer, draw, forge, poundWords Related to beat chase, planish; fashion, form, knead, model, mold, pat, work; coin, mint, stamp; abate, boast, carve, chisel, cut, grave, hew, knap, sculpt, sculpture

  8. 8 to shine with a bright harsh light the tropical sun beat down on our heads without mercy Synonyms of beat glare, blaze, burn, flame, flareWords Related to beat beam, glow, radiate; flash, glance, gleam, glimmer, glint, glisten, glister, glitter, scintillate, shimmer, sparkle, twinkle; bedazzle, blind, daze, dazzle

  9. 9 to strike or cause to strike lightly and usually rhythmically beat the drum in a marching rhythm Synonyms of beat tap, drum, rapWords Related to beat bang, bash, bat, bonk, bop, hammer, hit, knock, paste, pound, slam, smack, sock, strike, swat, thud, thump, thwack, wallop, whack; chink, clatter, clink, ping; pat, pit-a-pat, pitter-patter; chuck, clap, click, flick, tip

  10. 10 to throw into a state of mental uncertainty it beats me how that slipup happened Synonyms of beat addle, baffle, bamboozle, confuse, befog, befuddle, bemuse, bewilder, buffalo, confound, discombobulate, disorient, flummox, fox, fuddle, get, gravel, maze, muddle, muddy, mystify, perplex, pose, puzzle, vexWords Related to beat stick, stump, weird out; abash, discomfit, disconcert, discountenance, embarrass, faze, fluster, mortify, nonplus, rattle; agitate, bother, chagrin, discomfort, discompose, dismay, disquiet, distress, disturb, perturb, stun, unhinge, unsettle, upset; beguile, cozen, deceive, delude, dupe, fool, gull, hoax, hoodwink, humbug, misguide, mislead, snow, string along, take in, trickNear Antonyms of beat assure, reassure, satisfy; enlighten, inform

  11. 11 to avoid having to comply with (something) especially through cleverness he spends all of his time trying to beat the system Synonyms of beat circumvent, bypass, dodge, get around, shortcut, sidestep, skirtWords Related to beat avoid, duck, elude, end-run, escape, eschew, evade, outflank, shake, shirk, shun; disobey, disregard, flout, ignore; avert, deflect, divert, obviate, parry, prevent, ward (off)Near Antonyms of beat accede (to), acquiesce (to), assent (to); accept, court, embrace, pursue, seek, welcome; catch, contract, incurAntonyms of beat comply (with), follow, keep, obey, observe

  12. 12 to reduce to fine particles years of pounding had beaten the pebbles to a fine dust Synonyms of beat atomize, powder, bray, comminute, crush, disintegrate, grind, mill, mull, pound, pulverizeWords Related to beat grate, kibble; crumble, crunch; break, bust, dash, fracture, fragment; shatter, smash, splinter; micronize

  13. 13 to rob by the use of trickery or threats the screenwriter has filed a lawsuit, accusing the production company of beating him out of his share of the film's net profits Synonyms of beat fleece, bilk, bleed, cheat, chisel, chouse, con, cozen, defraud, diddle, do, do in, euchre, fiddle, flimflam, gaff, gyp, hose [slang], hustle, mulct, nobble [British slang], pluck, ream, rip off, rook, screw, shake down, short, shortchange, skin, skunk, squeeze, stick, stiff, sting, sucker, swindle, thimblerig, victimizeWords Related to beat extort, wrench, wrest, wring; clip, gouge, nick, overcharge, soak; exploit, milk; deceive, dupe, fool, gull, trick; rope (in); betray, bitch, double-cross; bamboozle, fast-talk


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