Definition of beaten in US English:

beaten

  • past participle of beat

adjective

  • 1Having been defeated.

    ‘I knew when I was beaten’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They looked a beaten team from the moment Conor Moran struck for Mayo's opening goal on the quarter hour mark.’
    • ‘That sounded like he was a beaten man before any ball was struck.’
    • ‘If it's any comfort to the beaten finalists it is that they lost to a moment of panache.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Last season's beaten Grand Finalists opened with a 26-10 defeat at Hull KR.’
    • ‘Ballymote, last year's beaten finalists, have a Saturday evening clash against Mullinabreena-Coolaney.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Davies, last year's beaten finalist, came back from a set down to secure a 3-2 win against the England captain.’
    • ‘He finished last season as a beaten Grand Finalist with Leigh who missed the opportunity to go in Super League.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The thinking man's player, the 2002 beaten finalist crafts points with care and is able to play from any quarter of the court.’
    • ‘Britain's Alex Bogdanovic, a beaten semi-finalist in last year's Surbiton Trophy, has struck a rich vein of form in recent weeks.’
    • ‘Last year's beaten finalists, Westport will also be looking to gain some silverware this year.’
    • ‘This score brought the beaten county finalists to within five points of Harps.’
    • ‘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 finalist was relatively philosophical about his defeat.’
    • ‘Thoroughly deserving defeat, the beaten finalists for the past three years will not be able to go one better this time around.’
    • ‘The beaten Grand Finalists are trying to put together a financial package that would keep around 15 players on full-time contracts.’
    unprofitable, unprosperous, loss-making
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    1. 1.1 Exhausted 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 dog’
    • ‘He was shaking like a beaten dog, and his sunken eyes glazed over with fear.’
    • ‘A few boys were running breakneck for the street like beaten dogs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The beaten workers were among 57 who went on strike against the Han Young factory in 1998.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Gatekeeper averted his eyes guiltily, like a beaten dog.’
    abused, battered, maltreated, ill-treated, mistreated, misused, downtrodden
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  • 3(of food) whipped to a uniform consistency.

    ‘beaten eggs’
    • ‘Prepare the flour and the beaten egg in separate shallow containers.’
    • ‘Finally, dip the meat covered egg in beaten egg before coating in breadcrumbs and plunging into the deep fat fryer until golden brown.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Give the soup a vigorous stir in one direction and slowly pour in the beaten egg to make swirls.’
    • ‘Glaze the dough with beaten egg, and add a piece of chocolate to each.’
    • ‘Lightly brush the items with beaten egg white, cover completely with sugar, shake off excess, and let dry.’
    • ‘Fold the chocolate mixture into the egg and sugar then carefully fold in the beaten egg whites with a metal spoon.’
    • ‘Brush with beaten egg white and scatter with granulated sugar.’
    • ‘Mix mashed potato with a little beaten egg, salt and black pepper and chopped chives.’
    • ‘Sometimes the mother also sends down a bundle of savoury channa and beaten rice.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Carefully fold the dry ingredients, in two batches, into the beaten egg whites with a flexible rubber 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.’
    • ‘Add the beaten egg and cheese, stir until thoroughly combined and season to taste.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Fold the white sauce gently but thoroughly into the beaten egg whites, using a flexible 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.
      • ‘Like they did yesterday when I saw a wonderful old beaten copper tray in a junk shop.’
      • ‘It was an impressive sight, gleaming with the burnished sheen of beaten bronze and flashing green marble.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Napkins were held in beaten silverware holders.’
      • ‘Use of a dissecting microscope to examine the colony will reveal that the surface of the colony has a beaten copper appearance.’
      • ‘The paint has chipped and flaked away, revealing the beaten silver metal beneath.’
      • ‘The outside is smoked glass decorated with a swirling pattern made from what looks like beaten copper.’
      • ‘Crafty collars made of beaten metal, neckpieces of wood and macramé, great big pendants and crosses are all back from the wilderness.’
      • ‘His successors grew rich by taxing the passing trade, and claiming descent from the moon, filled their palace with furniture of beaten silver.’
      • ‘There are also studios where craftsmen can be seen making beaten copper cups and jugs or weaving brightly-coloured rugs in geometric patterns.’
      • ‘Ky nodded, and pulled out a beaten coin - a copper coin, not wood, I think.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘The large house boasted a cavernous kitchen, its stylish stove embossed with beaten metal designs and studded with turquoise.’
      • ‘He brought a beaten piece of hot metal over to the bucket of water and stuck it in.’
      • ‘Your prediliction for beaten brass ornaments offends me hardly at all.’
      • ‘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.’
      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.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Large disks of beaten gold adorned her ears and the shimmering gold dress she wore appeared almost liquid.’
      • ‘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.

    • ‘Ironically, Lonely Planet was founded to avoid exactly this sort of conjunction where everyone travels along the beaten path.’
    • ‘Off any beaten path in Newfoundland are such remnants, gone but not necessarily forgotten.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Why plod down the beaten path of more energy consumption?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That's what you get for ignoring the beaten path and finding your own romantic spot.’
    • ‘Annake strolled down the beaten path of the tiny village.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All this is not to say that Anil will follow the beaten path.’
    • ‘If you are ready to leave the beaten path, this left-field route is exciting, challenging and occasionally eye-opening.’
    • ‘Something I know for sure is that I won't take the beaten path.’
    • ‘Other than lighted torches there would have been total darkness, Tennison knew this was off the beaten path towards a seldom-used cavern trail.’
    • ‘She attributes all this to her refusal to travel the beaten path.’
    • ‘It began as a buffalo trace before conflict between Native Americans and early settlers transformed it into a beaten path.’
    • ‘The Publik aims to lure partiers away from the beaten path’
    • ‘Unlike most Hindi films, where the heroine is relegated to looking pretty, this movie follows the less beaten path of strong women oriented films.’
    • ‘Seriously off the beaten path, getting to Petrela requires a sturdy Jeep or Landcruiser.’
    • ‘Some people decamp to quieter beautiful places, enclaves still not discovered, off the beaten path.’
    trodden, trampled
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Phrases

  • off the beaten track (or path)

    • 1In or into an isolated place.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It was not intended as an insult, it was simply an allusion to the geographical location, which is slightly off the beaten track.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Of course, if you are prepared to journey off the beaten track, there are scores of delightful private beaches.’
      • ‘This is good news for people who want to hit the hotspots and for those who want to head off the beaten path.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Off the beaten path on the southern tip of Jersey, this course winds through an arboretum and 50-acre bird sanctuary.’
      • ‘The various locales where he painted, many off the beaten path, continued to be a source of inspiration throughout his long career.’
      • ‘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.’
      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
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      1. 1.1Unusual.
        as adjective ‘off-the-beaten-track experiences’
        • ‘More off the beaten track, mouhamara is a slightly lumpy mash of bread crumbs, pomegranate molasses, cayenne and ground walnuts.’
        • ‘These are earlier works, not at the inspired level of the sonatas, but a little more off the beaten path and a clever way to add tasteful variety to the program.’
        • ‘For something slightly off the beaten track, try web designer and technical author Ray Girvan's site.’
        • ‘If you like something that's a bit off the beaten path, or something you can listen to as background music while you're working, then this is the disc for you.’
        • ‘Ecuador has much to offer travelers looking for something off the beaten path.’
        • ‘That's ‘wrong’ as in too small, too inexperienced, too undercapitalized, or too far off the beaten path.’
        • ‘The food runs the gamut from solid and reliable to off the beaten path and utterly charming.’
        • ‘Basically, we're looking for people who are enthusiastic about working within the cycling industry at a magazine that is a bit off the beaten path.’
        • ‘I was hoping to find a CD that was going to be something different, something to add to my collection, something new and off the beaten path.’
        • ‘If you're looking for something completely off the beaten path this year, read on.’

Pronunciation

beaten

/ˈbitn//ˈbētn/