Synonyms of beat in English:

beat


See definition of beat

verb

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

SYNONYMS

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’

SYNONYMS

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

play, sound, perform on, make music on

3‘the waves beat all along the shore’

SYNONYMS

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’

SYNONYMS

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

5‘she could hear her own heart beating’

SYNONYMS

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’

SYNONYMS

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

7‘beat the cream into the mixture’

SYNONYMS

whisk, mix, blend, whip, stir, fold

8‘she beat a path through clumps of bushes’

SYNONYMS

tread, tramp, trample, wear, track, groove

crush, flatten, press down, squash

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

SYNONYMS

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’

SYNONYMS

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


noun

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

SYNONYMS

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

2‘the beat of hooves’

SYNONYMS

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

3‘her heart settled to an angry beat’

SYNONYMS

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’

SYNONYMS

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


adjective

1

SYNONYMS

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

jet-lagged

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

ANTONYMS

fresh as a daisy, raring to go


Phrases

    beat about the bush

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

      SYNONYMS

      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

      British

      hum and haw

      informal

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

      rare

      tergiversate

      ANTONYMS

      come to the point

    beat a retreat

      SYNONYMS

      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

      informal

      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

      archaic

      fly, levant

      ANTONYMS

      advance, dig in

    beat it

      ‘we beat it as fast as we could’

      SYNONYMS

      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

      British

      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

      Australian

      nick off

      NZ Australian

      rack off

      South African

      voetsak, hamba

      vulgar slang

      bugger off, piss off, fuck off

      British vulgar slang

      sod off

      literary

      begone, avaunt

    beat someone/something off

      ‘we beat off the raiders with sticks’

      SYNONYMS

      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’

      SYNONYMS

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

    beat someone up

      SYNONYMS

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

      informal

      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