Definition of beaten in English:


  • past participle of beat


  • 1Having been defeated.

    ‘last year's beaten finalist’
    • ‘Davies, last year's beaten finalist, came back from a set down to secure a 3-2 win against the England captain.’
    • ‘Last year's beaten finalists, Westport will also be looking to gain some silverware this year.’
    • ‘Although Karanja was a beaten favourite on that occasion, he lost no marks in defeat and there is every reason to believe that, with that outing under his belt, he can go one better here.’
    • ‘He finished last season as a beaten Grand Finalist with Leigh who missed the opportunity to go in Super League.’
    • ‘If it's any comfort to the beaten finalists it is that they lost to a moment of panache.’
    • ‘Last season's beaten Grand Finalists opened with a 26-10 defeat at Hull KR.’
    • ‘Britain's Alex Bogdanovic, a beaten semi-finalist in last year's Surbiton Trophy, has struck a rich vein of form in recent weeks.’
    • ‘The thinking man's player, the 2002 beaten finalist crafts points with care and is able to play from any quarter of the court.’
    • ‘This score brought the beaten county finalists to within five points of Harps.’
    • ‘Down and out as a beaten finalist in Paris four years ago, Ronaldo's revival as the world's most deadly striker was sealed by two second half strikes.’
    • ‘The talk should have been of his tremendous fight back, a late rally that saw last year's beaten finalist's escape to victory over a brave East Kerry side.’
    • ‘At Potsdam, Patricia was a beaten finalist in the 100m and 200m races and unfortunately just missed out on the bronze medal, by one tenth of a second.’
    • ‘The beaten Grand Finalists are trying to put together a financial package that would keep around 15 players on full-time contracts.’
    • ‘Thoroughly deserving defeat, the beaten finalists for the past three years will not be able to go one better this time around.’
    • ‘That sounded like he was a beaten man before any ball was struck.’
    • ‘The four ties which were played as the long haul to the final in Glasgow in June began saw last year's beaten finalists, Kyles, ejected from the tournament at the first hurdle.’
    • ‘Ballymote, last year's beaten finalists, have a Saturday evening clash against Mullinabreena-Coolaney.’
    • ‘The beaten finalist was relatively philosophical about his defeat.’
    • ‘The Baroness, a beaten favourite in a selling race on her latest start at Lingfield, is my Nap selection to recover losses by winning the J Cheever Loophole Handicap over six furlongs.’
    • ‘They looked a beaten team from the moment Conor Moran struck for Mayo's opening goal on the quarter hour mark.’
    unprofitable, unprosperous, loss-making
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    1. 1.1Exhausted and dejected.
      ‘he sat feeling old and beaten’
      • ‘The rider moans in an exhausted and beaten heap.’
      defeated, losing, unsuccessful, conquered, bettered, vanquished, trounced, routed, overcome, overwhelmed, overpowered, overthrown, bested, subdued, quashed, crushed, broken, foiled, hapless, luckless
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  • 2Having been beaten or struck.

    ‘he trudged home like a beaten cur’
    • ‘The beaten workers were among 57 who went on strike against the Han Young factory in 1998.’
    • ‘The Gatekeeper averted his eyes guiltily, like a beaten dog.’
    • ‘They love nothing better than to see a strong man break down and act like a beaten dog, a loser, because they're all so weak themselves.’
    • ‘He was shaking like a beaten dog, and his sunken eyes glazed over with fear.’
    • ‘Dom had left with the look of a beaten dog on his face, the nurse had gone too, and the doctor had checked some things in his room while Matt pretended to be sleeping before he left too.’
    • ‘A few boys were running breakneck for the street like beaten dogs.’
    abused, battered, maltreated, ill-treated, mistreated, misused, downtrodden
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  • 3(of food) stirred vigorously to a uniform consistency.

    ‘beaten egg’
    • ‘Glaze the dough with beaten egg, and add a piece of chocolate to each.’
    • ‘Give the soup a vigorous stir in one direction and slowly pour in the beaten egg to make swirls.’
    • ‘Have three dishes ready with seasoned flour, beaten egg and breadcrumbs.’
    • ‘If you like your stuffing firm, so that it cuts in slices, add a beaten egg to bind it.’
    • ‘Fold the chocolate mixture into the egg and sugar then carefully fold in the beaten egg whites with a metal spoon.’
    • ‘Fold the white sauce gently but thoroughly into the beaten egg whites, using a flexible spatula.’
    • ‘There is something quite irresistible about clouds of softly beaten cream and sugary, honey-coloured meringue.’
    • ‘Squeeze out the excess liquid with your hands and add the beaten egg, salt, flour, parsley and thyme leaves, mixing well.’
    • ‘Sometimes the mother also sends down a bundle of savoury channa and beaten rice.’
    • ‘Add the beaten egg and cheese, stir until thoroughly combined and season to taste.’
    • ‘Finally, dip the meat covered egg in beaten egg before coating in breadcrumbs and plunging into the deep fat fryer until golden brown.’
    • ‘Mix mashed potato with a little beaten egg, salt and black pepper and chopped chives.’
    • ‘Lightly brush the items with beaten egg white, cover completely with sugar, shake off excess, and let dry.’
    • ‘When the mixture has completely cooled, stir in the beaten egg and season with the salt and pepper.’
    • ‘Ostrich eggs are rich, with a yellowy yolk that lends itself wonderfully to cakes - though at 3.5lbs of beaten liquid in each egg, you'd have to be baking for a crowd.’
    • ‘Brush with beaten egg white and scatter with granulated sugar.’
    • ‘Or combine 1 teaspoon of witch hazel with 1 teaspoon of honey and a beaten egg white.’
    • ‘Now tip the white sauce into the beaten egg white and fold in carefully, either using a silver spoon or not using a silver spoon.’
    • ‘Prepare the flour and the beaten egg in separate shallow containers.’
    • ‘Carefully fold the dry ingredients, in two batches, into the beaten egg whites with a flexible rubber spatula.’
    whisked, whipped, stirred, mixed, blended
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    1. 3.1(of metal) shaped by hammering, typically so as to give the surface a dimpled texture.
      ‘beaten copper coffee tables’
      • ‘Your prediliction for beaten brass ornaments offends me hardly at all.’
      • ‘Napkins were held in beaten silverware holders.’
      • ‘In order to avoid the risk and expense of casting in bronze a method was devised in the 18th century of making these large statues of beaten copper.’
      • ‘Like they did yesterday when I saw a wonderful old beaten copper tray in a junk shop.’
      • ‘Did I really need that beaten tin chandelier which weighed about four stones and posed a serious fire risk not to mention a threat to the ceilingplaster?’
      • ‘He brought a beaten piece of hot metal over to the bucket of water and stuck it in.’
      • ‘The paint has chipped and flaked away, revealing the beaten silver metal beneath.’
      • ‘There are also studios where craftsmen can be seen making beaten copper cups and jugs or weaving brightly-coloured rugs in geometric patterns.’
      • ‘The large house boasted a cavernous kitchen, its stylish stove embossed with beaten metal designs and studded with turquoise.’
      • ‘Crafty collars made of beaten metal, neckpieces of wood and macramé, great big pendants and crosses are all back from the wilderness.’
      • ‘Use of a dissecting microscope to examine the colony will reveal that the surface of the colony has a beaten copper appearance.’
      • ‘The outside is smoked glass decorated with a swirling pattern made from what looks like beaten copper.’
      • ‘There are pots and pans galore, complicated-looking cooking utensils, and exotic beaten metal dishes.’
      • ‘I was very taken with Vivienne's stall with the polished and hand beaten stainless steel platters, and the correct cheese knife.’
      • ‘The restaurant is beautiful, aglow with rich hardwoods, cream parchment, wrought copper screens and beaten metal surfaces.’
      • ‘His successors grew rich by taxing the passing trade, and claiming descent from the moon, filled their palace with furniture of beaten silver.’
      • ‘It was an impressive sight, gleaming with the burnished sheen of beaten bronze and flashing green marble.’
      • ‘Ky nodded, and pulled out a beaten coin - a copper coin, not wood, I think.’
      hammered, forged, formed, shaped, moulded, worked, stamped, fashioned, modelled, fabricated, cast, sculpted
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    2. 3.2(of precious metal) hammered to form thin foil for ornamental use.
      ‘magnificent howdahs covered with beaten gold and silver’
      • ‘Large disks of beaten gold adorned her ears and the shimmering gold dress she wore appeared almost liquid.’
      • ‘The volume was plated with a thin layer of beaten gold, and a row of high-quality garnets traced up its spine.’
      • ‘Her glistening black hair was encircled by a crown of animal figures carved from lapis lazuli intertwined and connected by vines and leaves of knotted beaten copper.’
      • ‘They combined apricots, raisins and almonds in meat dishes, which were extravagantly embellished with cream and thin sheets or beaten gold and silver foil.’
      • ‘Indian sweets are traditionally decorated with a very thin layer of beaten silver.’
      • ‘Iron objects were also inlaid with silver to decorate them, or sometimes were completely sheathed in a fine sheet of beaten silver.’
  • 4(of a path) well trodden; much used.

    • ‘Unlike most Hindi films, where the heroine is relegated to looking pretty, this movie follows the less beaten path of strong women oriented films.’
    • ‘The Publik aims to lure partiers away from the beaten path’
    • ‘If you are ready to leave the beaten path, this left-field route is exciting, challenging and occasionally eye-opening.’
    • ‘Some people decamp to quieter beautiful places, enclaves still not discovered, off the beaten path.’
    • ‘Luckily, the guide managed to steer the vehicle off the beaten path into the jungle to avoid the animals thundering towards them.’
    • ‘In any city, straying from the beaten path pays off.’
    • ‘I know he's said I should swing by the studio, but it's not exactly on the beaten path for me.’
    • ‘Off any beaten path in Newfoundland are such remnants, gone but not necessarily forgotten.’
    • ‘Other than lighted torches there would have been total darkness, Tennison knew this was off the beaten path towards a seldom-used cavern trail.’
    • ‘Keeping close behind the guide, Allie soaked in the beautiful surroundings while they wove their way through the a beaten path in the thick forest.’
    • ‘It began as a buffalo trace before conflict between Native Americans and early settlers transformed it into a beaten path.’
    • ‘You have to literally drive off the beaten path to get there; a gravel road that traverses over a single lane bridge takes you up a winding path to a parking area.’
    • ‘Ironically, Lonely Planet was founded to avoid exactly this sort of conjunction where everyone travels along the beaten path.’
    • ‘Seriously off the beaten path, getting to Petrela requires a sturdy Jeep or Landcruiser.’
    • ‘Why plod down the beaten path of more energy consumption?’
    • ‘Annake strolled down the beaten path of the tiny village.’
    • ‘Something I know for sure is that I won't take the beaten path.’
    • ‘That's what you get for ignoring the beaten path and finding your own romantic spot.’
    • ‘All this is not to say that Anil will follow the beaten path.’
    • ‘She attributes all this to her refusal to travel the beaten path.’
    trodden, trampled
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  • off the beaten track (or path)

    • In or into an isolated place.

      ‘we tried to find locations slightly off the beaten track’
      • ‘Our exotic journey brings us closer to the culture, heritage, and wild places of Bali, focusing on those special locations that are off the beaten path.’
      • ‘These picnic areas are enough off the beaten track to provide quiet, but the hikes aren't so long you can't tote a bottle of wine and lunch for two.’
      • ‘It was not intended as an insult, it was simply an allusion to the geographical location, which is slightly off the beaten track.’
      • ‘They may be slightly off the beaten track, but a visit is well worth the car journey and can make for a beautiful day out far, far away from the madding crowd.’
      • ‘This is good news for people who want to hit the hotspots and for those who want to head off the beaten path.’
      • ‘An excellent regular menu is supplemented on Sundays by an impressive roast and, although it is slightly off the beaten track, the friendly staff and atmosphere make it well worth visiting.’
      • ‘Part of Galicia's appeal to the tourist is the attraction of visiting somewhere slightly off the beaten track.’
      • ‘Off the beaten path on the southern tip of Jersey, this course winds through an arboretum and 50-acre bird sanctuary.’
      • ‘Firsby Nature Reserve is off the beaten track down a remote country lane, and its bosses believe it is precisely that remote location which is attracting yobs and poachers.’
      • ‘The various locales where he painted, many off the beaten path, continued to be a source of inspiration throughout his long career.’
      • ‘Of course, if you are prepared to journey off the beaten track, there are scores of delightful private beaches.’
      unfrequented, isolated, quiet, private, remote, out of the way, outlying, secluded, hidden, backwoods, in the back of beyond, in the middle of nowhere, in the hinterlands
      in the sticks
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