v. 打败; 控制; 难倒; 突破,胜过; 逃避; 击打; 作节奏运动; 踩出(道路)

n. 有节奏的跳动; 敲击; 节奏,节拍; 辖区

adj. 累坏的



If you beat someone or something, you hit them very hard.

  • My wife tried to stop them and they beat her...


  • They were beaten to death with baseball bats.



To beat on, at, or against something means to hit it hard, usually several times or continuously for a period of time.

  • There was dead silence but for a fly beating against the glass...


  • Nina managed to free herself and began beating at the flames with a pillow...



When your heart or pulse beats, it continually makes regular rhythmic movements.

  • I felt my heart beating faster.



If you beat a drum or similar instrument, you hit it in order to make a sound. You can also say that a drum beats .

  • When you beat the drum, you feel good.


  • ...drums beating and pipes playing.



The beat of a piece of music is the main rhythm that it has.

  • ...the thumping beat of rock music.


  • ...the dance beats of the last two decades.



In music, a beat is a unit of measurement. The number of beats in a bar of a piece of music is indicated by two numbers at the beginning of the piece.

  • It's got four beats to a bar.



If you beat eggs, cream, or butter, you mix them thoroughly using a fork or beater.

  • Beat the eggs and sugar until they start to thicken.



When a bird or insect beats its wings or when its wings beat, its wings move up and down.

  • Beating their wings they flew off...


  • Its wings beat slowly.



If you beat someone in a competition or election, you defeat them.

  • In yesterday's games, Switzerland beat the United States two-one...


  • There are men who simply don't like being beaten by a woman...


VERB打破(纪录等);超过; 突破

If someone beats a record or achievement, they do better than it.

  • He was as eager as his Captain to beat the record.



If you beat something that you are fighting against, for example an organization, a problem, or a disease, you defeat it.

  • It became clear that the Union was not going to beat the government...


  • They recognise that tough action offers the only hope of beating inflation...



If an attack or an attempt is beaten off or is beaten back, it is stopped, often temporarily.

  • The rescuers were beaten back by strong winds and currents...


  • South Africa's ruling National Party has beaten off a right-wing challenge.



If you say that one thing beats another, you mean that it is better than it.

  • Being boss of a software firm beats selling insurance...


  • Nothing quite beats the luxury of soaking in a long, hot bath at the end of a tiring day...



If you say you can't beat a particular thing you mean that it is the best thing of its kind.

  • You can't beat soap and water for cleansing.



To beat a time limit or an event means to achieve something before that time or event.

  • They were trying to beat the midnight deadline...


  • Those who shop on Sunday to beat the rush are wasting their time.



A police officer's or journalist's beat is the area for which he or she is responsible.

  • The team police get to know the people in their patrol areas better than cops who must cover a larger beat.



You use beat in expressions such as 'It beats me' or 'What beats me is' to indicate that you cannot understand or explain something.

  • 'What am I doing wrong, anyway?' 'Beats me, Lewis.'...


  • How you can be so insensitive absolutely beats me.



If you tell someone to beat it, you are telling them to go away.

  • Beat it before it's too late.



You can say Can you beat it? or Can you beat that? to show that you are surprised and perhaps annoyed about something.

  • Can you beat it; there was Graham Greene in Freetown and there was I on the other side of Africa.



If you intend to do something but someone beats you to it, they do it before you do.

  • Don't be too long about it or you'll find someone has beaten you to it.



If you can't beat them, join them means that, if someone is too strong for you to defeat, it is better to be on the same side as them.


    If you say or do something without missing a beat, you continue to speak or do it, even though people might have expected you to hesitate or stop.

    • 'Are you jealous?' 'Only when I'm not in control,' he says, not missing a beat.



    If you say that someone never misses a beat, you mean that they always know what is going on and how they can take advantage of it.

    • Skye has scarcely missed a beat as one of the Gold Coast's spectacular models since her marriage.



    A police officer on the beat is on duty, walking around the area for which he or she is responsible.

    • The officer on the beat picks up information; hears cries for help; makes people feel safe.



    If you beat time to a piece of music, you move your hand or foot up and down in time with the music. A conductor beats time to show the choir or orchestra how fast they should sing or play the music.

    • He beats time with hands and feet.




    1. a regular route for a sentry or policeman;

    • in the old days a policeman walked a beat and knew all his people by name

    2. the rhythmic contraction and expansion of the arteries with each beat of the heart;

    • he could feel the beat of her heart

    3. the basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music;

    • the piece has a fast rhythm
    • the conductor set the beat

    4. a single pulsation of an oscillation produced by adding two waves of different frequencies; has a frequency equal to the difference between the two oscillations

      5. a member of the beat generation; a nonconformist in dress and behavior

        6. the sound of stroke or blow;

        • he heard the beat of a drum

        7. (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse

          8. a regular rate of repetition;

          • the cox raised the beat

          9. a stroke or blow;

          • the signal was two beats on the steam pipe

          10. the act of beating to windward; sailing as close as possible to the direction from which the wind is blowing


            1. come out better in a competition, race, or conflict;

            • Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship
            • We beat the competition
            • Harvard defeated Yale in the last football game

            2. give a beating to; subject to a beating, either as a punishment or as an act of aggression;

            • Thugs beat him up when he walked down the street late at night
            • The teacher used to beat the students

            3. hit repeatedly;

            • beat on the door
            • beat the table with his shoe

            4. move rhythmically;

            • Her heart was beating fast

            5. shape by beating;

            • beat swords into ploughshares

            6. make a rhythmic sound;

            • Rain drummed against the windshield
            • The drums beat all night

            7. glare or strike with great intensity;

            • The sun was beating down on us

            8. move with a thrashing motion;

            • The bird flapped its wings
            • The eagle beat its wings and soared high into the sky

            9. sail with much tacking or with difficulty;

            • The boat beat in the strong wind

            10. stir vigorously;

            • beat the egg whites
            • beat the cream

            11. strike (a part of one's own body) repeatedly, as in great emotion or in accompaniment to music;

            • beat one's breast
            • beat one's foot rhythmically

            12. be superior;

            • Reading beats watching television
            • This sure beats work!

            13. avoid paying;

            • beat the subway fare

            14. make a sound like a clock or a timer;

            • the clocks were ticking
            • the grandfather clock beat midnight

            15. move with a flapping motion;

            • The bird's wings were flapping

            16. indicate by beating, as with the fingers or drumsticks;

            • Beat the rhythm

            17. move with or as if with a regular alternating motion;

            • the city pulsated with music and excitement

            18. make by pounding or trampling;

            • beat a path through the forest

            19. produce a rhythm by striking repeatedly;

            • beat the drum

            20. strike (water or bushes) repeatedly to rouse animals for hunting

              21. beat through cleverness and wit;

              • I beat the traffic
              • She outfoxed her competitors

              22. be a mystery or bewildering to;

              • This beats me!
              • Got me--I don't know the answer!
              • a vexing problem
              • This question really stuck me

              23. wear out completely;

              • This kind of work exhausts me
              • I'm beat
              • He was all washed up after the exam


              1. very tired;

              • was all in at the end of the day
              • so beat I could flop down and go to sleep anywhere
              • bushed after all that exercise
              • I'm dead after that long trip


              beat, strike, hit, thrash, whip


              • beat : 普通用词,含义广泛,指连续打击。游戏、竞赛或战争中作打败解。
              • strike : 普通用词,多指急速或突然一次猛击。
              • hit : 普通用词,常与strike换用,侧重有目标的猛击,强调用力击中。
              • thrash : 侧重指用棍子或鞭子等痛打。
              • whip : 多指用鞭子抽打。

              conquer, overcome, overthrow, defeat, beat, subdue


              • conquer : 侧重战胜和控制。书面用词。
              • overcome : 多指战胜或克服非物质的东西,如困难和不良习惯等。语气较弱也可指在斗争或竞争中战胜或压倒对方。
              • overthrow : 指彻底击败对手,使其丧失力量和地位。
              • defeat : 普通用词,多指在战争、比赛、竞选或辩论中战胜对手,侧重胜利的暂时性。
              • beat : 口笔语均可用,可与defeat换用。
              • subdue : 正式用词,与conquer同义,但强调失败后的臣服状态;也可用作借喻,表克制、压抑感情、欲望等。


              1. beat off


                &I{【粗俗用语】} &I{【俚语】} 手淫

              2. beat out

                &I{【棒球】} 安全上垒:使(短打或地滚球)成为安打

              3. beat about the bush


              4. beat someone at their own game

              5. beat the bounds


              6. beat someone's brains out

              7. beat one's breast

              8. beat the clock


              9. beat the drum for

              10. beat the hell out of informal 非正式



              11. beat the living daylights out

              12. beat the pants off


              13. beat a path to someone's door


              14. beat a (hasty) retreat



              John beat him with a stick.


              The conductor beat time with a baton.


              I have never seen the beat of it.


              The cat beat a hasty retreat when he saw the dog coming.


              He beat his hands on the steering wheel in frustration.