beat

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beat is one of the 1000 most common headwords.
beat

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Verb[change]

Plain form
beat

Third person singular
beats

Simple past
beat

Past participle
beaten

Present participle
beating

  1. (transitive) If you beat someone or something, you hit it, usually many times.
    It made a loud noise when he beat the drum.
    I had to leave and divorce my husband, because he kept beating and choking me.
  2. (transitive) If you beat a person or a team, you win and they lose.
    The best team usually beats the worst one.
  3. The past tense of beat.

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Noun[change]

Singular
beat

Plural
beats

  1. (countable) Beat is the rhythm of music.
  2. (countable) A heartbeat.