1. beat, round, path, route, itinerary

usage: a regular route for a sentry or policeman; "in the old days a policeman walked a beat and knew all his people by name"

2. pulse, pulsation, heartbeat, beat, periodic event, recurrent event

usage: the rhythmic contraction and expansion of the arteries with each beat of the heart; "he could feel the beat of her heart"

3. rhythm, beat, musical rhythm, musical time

usage: the basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music; "the piece has a fast rhythm"; "the conductor set the beat"

4. beat, oscillation, vibration

usage: a single pulsation of an oscillation produced by adding two waves of different frequencies; has a frequency equal to the difference between the two oscillations

5. beatnik, beat, nonconformist, recusant

usage: a member of the beat generation; a nonconformist in dress and behavior

6. beat, sound

usage: the sound of stroke or blow; "he heard the beat of a drum"

7. meter, metre, measure, beat, cadence, poetic rhythm, rhythmic pattern, prosody

usage: (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse

8. beat, pace, rate

usage: a regular rate of repetition; "the cox raised the beat"

9. beat, stroke

usage: a stroke or blow; "the signal was two beats on the steam pipe"

10. beat, sailing

usage: the act of beating to windward; sailing as close as possible to the direction from which the wind is blowing


1. beat, beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish, get the better of, overcome, defeat

usage: come out better in a competition, race, or conflict; "Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship"; "We beat the competition"; "Harvard defeated Yale in the last football game"

2. beat, beat up, work over

usage: give a beating to; subject to a beating, either as a punishment or as an act of aggression; "Thugs beat him up when he walked down the street late at night"; "The teacher used to beat the students"

3. beat, strike

usage: hit repeatedly; "beat on the door"; "beat the table with his shoe"

4. beat, pound, thump, move

usage: move rhythmically; "Her heart was beating fast"

5. beat, shape, form, work, mold, mould, forge

usage: shape by beating; "beat swords into ploughshares"

6. drum, beat, thrum, sound, go

usage: make a rhythmic sound; "Rain drummed against the windshield"; "The drums beat all night"

7. beat, glare

usage: glare or strike with great intensity; "The sun was beating down on us"

8. beat, flap, move, displace

usage: move with a thrashing motion; "The bird flapped its wings"; "The eagle beat its wings and soared high into the sky"

9. beat, sail

usage: sail with much tacking or with difficulty; "The boat beat in the strong wind"

10. beat, scramble, agitate, vex, disturb, commove, shake up, stir up, raise up

usage: stir vigorously; "beat the egg whites"; "beat the cream"

11. beat, strike

usage: strike (a part of one's own body) repeatedly, as in great emotion or in accompaniment to music; "beat one's breast"; "beat one's foot rhythmically"

12. beat, be

usage: be superior; "Reading beats watching television"; "This sure beats work!"

13. beat, bunk, cheat, rip off, chisel

usage: avoid paying; "beat the subway fare"

14. tick, ticktock, ticktack, beat, sound, go

usage: make a sound like a clock or a timer; "the clocks were ticking"; "the grandfather clock beat midnight"

15. beat, flap, move

usage: move with a flapping motion; "The bird's wings were flapping"

16. beat

usage: indicate by beating, as with the fingers or drumsticks; "Beat the rhythm"

17. pulsate, beat, quiver, move

usage: move with or as if with a regular alternating motion; "the city pulsated with music and excitement"

18. beat, make, create

usage: make by pounding or trampling; "beat a path through the forest"

19. beat, play

usage: produce a rhythm by striking repeatedly; "beat the drum"

20. beat, beat

usage: strike (water or bushes) repeatedly to rouse animals for hunting

21. outwit, overreach, outsmart, outfox, beat, circumvent, surpass, outstrip, outmatch, outgo, exceed, outdo, surmount, outperform

usage: beat through cleverness and wit; "I beat the traffic"; "She outfoxed her competitors"

22. perplex, vex, stick, get, puzzle, mystify, baffle, beat, pose, bewilder, flummox, stupefy, nonplus, gravel, amaze, dumbfound, confuse, throw, fox, befuddle, fuddle, bedevil, confound, discombobulate

usage: be a mystery or bewildering to; "This beats me!"; "Got me--I don't know the answer!"; "a vexing problem"; "This question really stuck me"

23. exhaust, wash up, beat, tucker, tucker out, tire, wear upon, tire out, wear, weary, jade, wear out, outwear, wear down, fag out, fag, fatigue

usage: wear out completely; "This kind of work exhausts me"; "I'm beat"; "He was all washed up after the exam"


1. all in(predicate), beat(predicate), bushed(predicate), dead(predicate), tired (vs. rested)

usage: very tired; "was all in at the end of the day"; "so beat I could flop down and go to sleep anywhere"; "bushed after all that exercise"; "I'm dead after that long trip"

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