Synonyms of 'beat'
1 batterDictionary, break, hitThey were beaten to death with baseball bats.
He listened to the waves breaking against the shore.
She hit him hard across his left arm.
He was mucking around and he knocked her in the stomach.
After punching him on the chin, she hit him over the head.
Is it true that she belted old George in the stomach?
If he tries to bash you he'll have to bash me as well.
They snatched up whips and lashed the backs of those who had fallen.
‘Liar!’ she screamed, as she thrashed the child.
He thumped me, nearly knocking me over.
The officer clouted him on the head.
Flog them soundly!
Someone whacked him on the head with a baseball bat.
The troops were severely mauled before evacuating the island.
She clobbered him with a vase.
Once she walloped me over the head with a frying pan.
He used to cudgel his stepson like a dog.
He just thwacked me on the back of the head with a ruler.
lay one on (slang)
I'll tan his backside for him.
beat or knock seven bells out of (informal)
2 poundDictionary, strike, hammer (informal)The rain was beating on the window pains.
3 throbDictionary, pulse, tickI felt my heart beat faster.
His head throbbed.
Her feet pulsed with pain.
My heart was thumping wildly.
He began to tremble all over.
I'm sweating and my heart is pounding.
Her shoulders quaked.
Her bottom lip quivered and big tears rolled down her cheeks.
The noise vibrated through the whole house.
The racing beat of her heart pulsated under my fingertips.
His whole body was palpitating with fear.
4 hitDictionary, play, strikeWhen you beat the drum, you feel good.
5 whiskDictionary, mix, stirBeat the eggs and sugar until they start to thicken.
6 flapDictionary, thrash, flutterIts wings beat slowly.
7 defeatDictionary, outdo, trounceShe was easily beaten into third place.
His guerrillas defeated the colonial army.
Australia trounced France by sixty points to four.
the satisfaction of overcoming a rival
He wanted to master his fears of becoming ill.
The military operation was the first step in a plan to crush the uprising.
One massive Allied offensive would overwhelm the weakened enemy.
a Navajo myth about a great warrior who conquers the spiritual enemies of his people
He might be able to lick us all in a fair fight.
They admit they have not been able to subdue the rebels.
Few dancers have excelled her in virtuosity.
Britain's tennis No.1 yesterday overpowered his American rival.
In pursuing her ambition she outstripped everyone else.
a happy ending in which the hero vanquishes the monsters
Their costly attempt to subjugate the citizens lasted 10 years.
run rings around (informal)
wipe the floor with (informal)
knock spots off (informal)
make mincemeat of (informal)
pip at the post
blow out of the water (slang)
put in the shade (informal)
bring to their knees
8 exceedDictionary, best, topHe was as eager as his captain to beat the record.
His performance exceeded all expectations.
How are you ever going to top that?
He always has to cap everyone else's achievements.
The gramophone was eclipsed by the compact disc.
He was determined to surpass the achievements of his older brothers.
issues like EU membership that transcend party loyalty
Both sides have tried to outdo each other.
go one better than (informal)
put in the shade
9 shapeDictionary, work, form
Like it or not, our families shape our lives.
Work the dough with your hands until it is very smooth.
The bowl was formed out of clay.
Sometimes she carved wood or modelled clay.
The desk was fashioned out of oak.
The barrels are hammered from cold steel.
To forge a blade takes great skill.
1 poundingDictionary, striking, hammeringthe rhythmic beat of the surf
2 throbDictionary, pounding, pumpingHe could hear the beat of his heart.
3 rhythmDictionary, time, measure (prosody)the dance beats of the last two decades
4 routeDictionary, way, courseI was a relatively new PC on the beat, stationed in Hendon.
5 blowDictionary, hit, strike
He went off to hospital after a blow to the face.
a hit on the head
He's asking for a punch on the nose.
He gave me a belt over the head with a scrubbing brush.
He reached forward and gave her a slap.
They sentenced him to five lashes for stealing a ham from his neighbour.
He felt a thump on his shoulder.
6 rhythmDictionary, time, measure (prosody)
She was too exhausted even to think clearly.
He is tired and he has to rest after his long trip.
How long have you been feeling fatigued?
wiped out (informal)
I was exhausted - worn out by the strain I'd been under.
clapped out (British, Australian, New Zealand, informal)
shagged out (British, slang)
on your last legs
beat someone up
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Talk very fast and put an accent on every third word.
If you agitate something, you shake it so that it moves about.
Gently agitate the water with a paintbrush.
If you bang on something or if you bang it, you hit it hard, making a loud noise.
We could bang on the desks and shout until they let us out.
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Thesaurus for beat from the Collins English Thesaurus
If you beat someone or something, you hit them very hard.