Synonyms of beat in English:


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1‘before running off, the men beat me with pickaxe handles’


hit, strike, batter, thump, hammer, punch, knock, thrash, pound, pummel, slap, smack, crack, thwack, cuff, buffet, maul, pelt, drub, rain blows on

assault, attack, abuse

flay, whip, lash, cudgel, club, birch

informal wallop, belt, bash, whack, clout, clobber, slug, tan, biff, bop, sock, deck, plug, lay into, do over, knock about, knock around, rough up, fill in, knock into the middle of next week, beat the living daylights out of, give someone a good hiding

dated chastise

2‘he could hear a drum being beaten’


bang, hit, strike, rap, tap, pound, thump, hammer

play, sound, perform on, make music on

3‘the waves beat all along the shore’


lash, strike, dash, break against

sweep, lap, wash, splash, ripple, roll, splosh, move against

literary plash, lave

4‘the metal is beaten into a die’


hammer, forge, form, shape, mould, work, stamp, fashion, model, fabricate, make, cast, frame, sculpt, sculpture

5‘she could hear her own heart beating’


pulsate, pulse, palpitate, vibrate, throb, reverberate

pump, pound, thump, thud, hammer, drum

pitter-patter, go pit-a-pat

rare quop

6‘doves wheel around the rooftops, beating their wings’


flap, flutter, move up and down, thresh, thrash, wave, shake, swing, agitate, quiver, tremble, vibrate, oscillate

7‘beat the cream into the mixture’


whisk, mix, blend, whip, stir, fold

8‘she beat a path through clumps of bushes’


tread, tramp, trample, wear, track, groove

crush, flatten, press down, squash

9‘he played in a team that beat England 2–1 at home’


defeat, conquer, win against, get the better of, vanquish, trounce, rout, overpower, overcome, overwhelm, overthrow, subdue, quash, crush

informal lick, thrash, whip, wipe the floor with, clobber

US informal own

10‘he cleared 2.68m to beat the previous record of 2.67m’


surpass, outdo, exceed, eclipse, transcend, top, trump, cap, better, outperform, outstrip, outshine, outclass, overshadow, put in the shade, be better than, improve on, go one better than


1‘this song has a catchy tune and a good beat’


rhythm, pulse, stress, metre, time, measure, cadence, accent, rhythmical flow, rhythmical pattern

2‘the beat of hooves’


pounding, banging, thumping, thudding, booming, hammering, battering, crashing

3‘her heart settled to an angry beat’


pulse, pulsing, pulsating, vibration, vibrating, throb, throbbing, palpitation, palpitating, reverberation, reverberating

beating, pumping, pounding, thumping, thudding, hammering, drumming

pitter-patter, pit-a-pat

4‘a policeman on his beat’


circuit, round, course, route, way, path, orbit, tour, turn




exhausted, tired out, worn out, weary, dog-tired, bone-tired, bone-weary, ready to drop, on one's last legs, asleep on one's feet, drained, fatigued, enervated, debilitated, spent


out of breath, breathless, panting, puffing, puffed, puffed out, puffing and blowing, gasping, gasping for breath

done in, all in, dead on one's feet, dead beat, shattered, bushed, fagged out, knocked out, wiped out, running on empty, zonked out, worn to a frazzle, frazzled, bushwhacked

British knackered, whacked, whacked out, shagged out, jiggered

Scottish wabbit

North American pooped, tuckered out, fried, whipped

NZ Australian stonkered

British vulgar slang buggered

NZ Australian vulgar slang rooted

archaic toilworn

rare fordone


fresh as a daisy, raring to go


    beat about the bush

      ‘he never beat about the bush when something was annoying him’


      prevaricate, vacillate, dodge the issue, evade the issue, be non-committal, hedge, hedge one's bets, quibble, parry questions, fudge the issue, mince one's words, stall, shilly-shally, hesitate


      hum and haw


      pussyfoot around, waffle, flannel, sit on the fence, duck the question




      come to the point

    beat a retreat


      retreat, withdraw, retire, draw back, pull back, pull out, fall back, give way, give ground, recoil, flee, take flight, run away, run off, make a run for it, run for it, make off, take off, take to one's heels, make a break for it, bolt, make a quick exit, beat a hasty retreat, clear out, make one's getaway, escape, head for the hills


      beat it, vamoose, skedaddle, split, cut and run, leg it, show a clean pair of heels, turn tail, scram, hook it, fly the coop, skip off, do a fade

      British informal

      do a runner, scarper, do a bunk

      North American informal

      light out, bug out, cut out, peel out, take a powder, skidoo

      Australian informal

      go through, shoot through


      fly, levant


      advance, dig in

    beat it

      ‘we beat it as fast as we could’


      leave, go, go away, depart, get going, get out, be off with you, shoo

      scram, be on your way, run along, skedaddle, split, vamoose, scat, get lost, push off, buzz off, shove off, clear off, go jump in the lake, go and jump in the lake


      hop it, bog off, naff off, on your bike, get along, sling your hook

      North American

      bug off, light out, haul off, haul ass, take a powder, hit the trail, take a hike


      nick off

      NZ Australian

      rack off

      South African

      voetsak, hamba

      vulgar slang

      bugger off, piss off, fuck off

      British vulgar slang

      sod off


      begone, avaunt

    beat someone/something off

      ‘we beat off the raiders with sticks’


      repel, fight off, repulse, drive away, drive back, force back, beat back, push back, thrust back, put to flight

      hold off, ward off, fend off, stand off, stave off, keep at bay, keep at arm's length

    beat something out

      ‘he beat out the flames’


      extinguish, put out, quench, smother, douse, snuff out, stifle, choke

    beat someone up


      assault, attack, mug, batter, thrash, pummel, pound


      knock about, knock around, do over, work over, clobber, rough up, fill in, kick in, jump, paste, lay into, lace into, sail into, pitch into, get stuck into, beat the living daylights out of, let someone have it

      British informal

      have a go at, duff someone up

      North American informal

      beat up on