You can use the verb "beat" to describe a victory over an opponent in a competition:

  • He beat everyone. (past tense)
  • He beats anyone he plays. (present tense).
  • She has beaten her opponent. (present perfect)
  • She has won against her opponent.
past participle

The word "beat" also means to hit:

  • The man beat his wife and kids regularly until the police told him to stop.
  • It’s not a good idea to beat your children.
  • Marcelina beat her rugs to get the dirt out.
  • A man at the bar beat up another man.

There are a few other ways of using this word:

  • To make scrambled eggs, beat three or four eggs in a bowl, add a little milk, and then pour it into a frying pan.
  • This song has a strong beat. (In this sentence the word "beat" is a noun similar to the word "rhythm.")
  • I’m beat. (In this sentence, "beat" is an adjective. It means tired.)
  • This place is beat. (It’s boring or not exciting.)

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This page was first published on August 4, 2012. It was amended on January 9, 2015.