beat

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noun
1 rhythm
ADJECTIVE
regular, rhythmic, steady
pounding
disco, funky, hip-hop, techno, etc.

He chants his lyrics over an infectious disco beat.

drum (usually drumbeat)
heart (usually heartbeat)
hoof
VERB + BEAT
clap to, dance to, sway to

They danced to the rhythmic beat of the music.

feel

She felt the beat of his heart.

hear

We heard the beat of distant drums.

count

Count four beats and then start singing.

PHRASES
two, three, four, etc. beats to the bar (BrE)

The piece has four beats to the bar/measure.

sb's heart misses a beat, sb's heart skips a beat (= sb feels very nervous)

As I opened the letter, my heart missed a beat.

2 of a police officer
VERB + BEAT
pound, walk (both BrE)

We have two officers walking the beat after midnight.

PREPOSITION
on the beat

officers on the beat

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verb
1 in sports, business, politics, etc.
ADVERB
comfortably (BrE), comprehensively (BrE), convincingly (esp. BrE), easily, handily (AmE), hands down, soundly

He beat her hands down.

consistently

a higher-rated player who consistently beat her

narrowly

He was narrowly beaten by his opponent.

PREPOSITION
at

She beat him at chess.

by

I beat her by just three points.

PHRASES
beat sb into second, third, etc. place

He was beaten into second place by the American.

2 hit sb
ADVERB
badly, brutally, mercilessly, savagely, severely, soundly, violently
constantly, repeatedly, routinely

His stepfather repeatedly beat his mother.

PREPOSITION
with

She was beaten with a metal bar.

PHRASES
beat sb about the head (BrE), beat sb over the head

He had been beaten over the head with a rock.

beat sb to death
beat sb unconscious
3 of heart/wings
ADVERB
fast, frantically, furiously, painfully, rapidly, wildly

I could feel my heart beating wildly.

loudly
4 mix
ADVERB
thoroughly, well

Beat the mixture well, until it is light and creamy.

lightly

Add three eggs, lightly beaten.

Beat is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑heart, ↑pulse, ↑rain, ↑wing
Beat is used with these nouns as the object: ↑academy, ↑addiction, ↑blues, ↑butter, ↑cancer, ↑carpet, ↑challenger, ↑champion, ↑chest, ↑clock, ↑competitor, ↑cream, ↑crime, ↑drum, ↑egg, ↑expectation, ↑fist, ↑hand, ↑illness, ↑margarine, ↑odds, ↑opponent, ↑recession, ↑record, ↑retreat, ↑rhythm, ↑rival, ↑side, ↑system, ↑team, ↑time, ↑traffic, ↑white, ↑wife, ↑wing

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