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American English: /bit/
British English: /biːt/

Translation of beat in Spanish:

transitive verb past tense beat past participle beatenPronunciation: /ˈbiːtn/

  • 1 1.1 (hit repeatedly)
    she beat her fists against the door
    aporreó la puerta con los puños
    Example sentences
    • She approaches an emotion with the finesse of someone beating a carpet.
    • Training a dog, beating a carpet or rug, and washing clothes are also banned on the heath.
    • Ava beat the rug with a vengeance, watching the dust fly through the air and circle in the late summer breeze.
    Example sentences
    • The little hummingbirds beat their wings faster and their flight is even more graceful than normal.
    • A ruby-throated hummingbird beats its wings 50 to 70 times per second.
    • I stared after the birds as they beat their wings in strange rhythm.
    1.2 (inflict blows on) he beats his children
    les pega a sus hijos
    maltrata a sus hijos
    he was beaten to death she nearly beat the life out of him
    casi lo mata a golpes
    I'll soon beat some sense into him!
    ¡lo haré entrar en razón a fuerza de golpes!
    1.3 (hammer)
    Example sentences
    • The other two reached out and pulled the Aussie from the river and then, using long clubs, beat the shark to death.
    • The documentary makers interviewed former workers who stated that some dogs were beaten to death, instead of being given a lethal injection, in order to save money.
    • Police launched a murder hunt today after a cricket club member was beaten to death next to the pitch last night.
    Example sentences
    • The most expensive is wrought iron, where the metal is beaten into shape.
    • The metal can be beaten out so thinly that it has hardly any solidity left, when it appears as gold by reflected light but green by transmitted light.
    • The piece of metal was then beaten with some kind of hammer, before being put back into the fire.
    1.4 (Cooking)
    (cream/egg whites)
    montar (Spain)
    Example sentences
    • The moment you set a goal and achieve it, somebody will eventually beat your record and surpass your goal!
    • I never imagined that you'd be able to beat the top score like that.
    • The team is confident that it will beat the current record of 245 mph, and say that it could even reach 300 mph on future runs.
    Example sentences
    • Next, beat ingredients for the cream cheese layer until smooth.
    • Egg yolks, Marsala wine, and sugar are beaten vigorously in a double boiler until thick and foamy.
    • Pour the hot melted butter over the whisked eggs in a steady stream, beating the ingredients together well.
  • 2 2.1 (defeat)
    ganarle a
    he thinks he can beat me at chess
    se cree que me puede ganar al ajedrez
    he was beaten into fourth place
    lo dejaron en un cuarto puesto
    you've got to know when you're beaten
    hay que saber reconocer la derrota
    the government claims to have beaten inflation
    el gobierno dice haber abatido la inflación
    (it) beats me how anyone can do such a thing!
    no logro entender cómo se puede llegar a hacer una cosa así
    a beaten man
    un hombre acabado or derrotado
    if you can't beat them, join them
    si no puedes con ellos, únete a ellos
    Example sentences
    • Lauren easily beat her father five games to one, and poked fun at his age and physical fitness.
    • There wasn't much shame in that because I thought we competed hard in the four games and we were beaten by a better side.
    • ‘There's no chance of me ever beating you at this game,’ I had said.
    2.2 (be better than)
    this model can't be beaten
    este modelo es el mejor or no tiene igual
    our prices can't be beaten
    nuestros precios son imbatibles
    I scored 470, beat that!
    yo saqué 470 ¿a que no me ganas?
    you can't beat home-made apple pie
    no hay como el pastel de manzana casero
    it beats working any day [colloquial]
    siempre es más divertido que trabajar
    his cooking beats mine easily
    cocina mejor que yo, ni punto de comparación
    2.3 (evade) (Sport)
  • 3 (arrive before, anticipate) if we go early we should beat the traffic/crowds
    si vamos temprano nos evitamos el tráfico/gentío
    buy now and beat the new tax
    compre ahora, anticipándose al nuevo impuesto
    to beat somebody to somethingI beat him to the telephone
    llegué antes que él al teléfono
    I'll beat you to the shop
    te echo una carrera hasta la tienda
    te juego una carrera hasta la tienda (Río de la Plata)
    to beat somebody to it or to the punch
    adelantársele a alguien
    ganarle a alguien por la mano
    ganarle a alguien de mano (Río de la Plata)
    ganarle la mano a alguien (Chile)
    she'd been beaten to it
    alguien se le había adelantado
    le habían ganado por la mano ( or de mano etc. )
  • 4 (Music)
    she beat time with her foot
    llevaba el compás con el pie
  • 5 5.1 (tread) they had beaten a path across the field
    habían dejado marcado un sendero en el campo
    beat it! [colloquial]
    ¡lárgate! [colloquial]
    ¡mandate mudar! (Río de la Plata) [colloquial]
    5.2 (scour)
    Example sentences
    • The estate staff and sundry villagers would be involved in beating the woods and picking up the game.
    • Local lords also demanded that peasants beat the woods during hunts and pay special additional taxes.
    • Many beaters like to carry their own stick, to help them get up and down banks, as well as for beating the undergrowth.

intransitive verb past tense beat past participle beatenPronunciation: /ˈbiːtn/

  • 1 (strike)to beat against/on somethingthe sea was beating against the cliff
    el mar batía contra el acantilado
    he could hear them beating on the door
    los oía golpear or aporrear la puerta
    the sun beat down on them
    el sol caía de lleno sobre ellos
    Example sentences
    • Meanwhile, Gregor's sister and father beat on his bedroom door, calling him to leave for work.
    • She looked around for something to cover herself and again Noah beat on the door.
    • I heard him beat against the door, and then fall to his feet with a strangled sigh.
  • 2 (pulsate)
    Example sentences
    • Long after the final whistle had blown at their semi-final, the sound of drums beating and fans chanting could be heard outside the stadium.
    • Her laughter was deep, right from the stomach, and it sounded like merry drums beating away.
    • Then there was a sound of drums beating filling the air with its fury.
    Example sentences
    • Her heart was beating wildly, and panic was rising in her stomach.
    • An AED delivers a life saving electric shock that starts the heart beating and pumping again.
    • Her heart started beating hard, pounding against her ribcage.


  • 1 his heart skipped or missed a beat
    le dio un vuelco el corazón
    Example sentences
    • Women who were washing laundry outside their houses, and talking to their neighbour about the latest village gossip, looked up in surprise at the sound of hoof beats.
    • After another few minutes' silence, they heard distinct sounds of hoof beats.
    • I woke to the jolting sound of hoof beats, thundering down a dirt path.
    Example sentences
    • In essence, your heart requires fewer beats to pump the same amount of blood.
    • Taking long breaths to hide the agitated beats of my thudding heart, I leaned forward more intently to analyze the picture.
    • In her ears echoed the sounds of her beating heart as its beats began to grow weak and slow.
  • 2 (Literature, Music) 2.1 (rhythmic accent)
    Example sentences
    • In mensural music beats fall naturally into groups of two or three with a recurring accent on the first of each group.
    • Conductors became the drill sergeants of music; the beat is seen rather than heard.
    • This time, focus all your attention on making a stress on the second and last beats of each bar.
    2.2 (of baton) 2.3 (rhythm)
    Example sentences
    • It gives you what you'd expect - strong beats, ironic raps and bizarre alter egos.
    • The show is a pure play on energy, filled with funky beats and strong singing and dancing.
    • There is a structure under there somewhere, with each song held together by a strong beat.
  • 3 3.1 (of policeman) on the beat
    de ronda
    Example sentences
    • 28 per cent said that they had never seen a police officer on the beat in their area.
    • Police are putting extra patrols on the beat in Grimsby after a racist attack left an asylum seeker with serious facial injuries.
    • I would put more police on the beat instead of driving round in cars or sat behind a desk.
    3.2 (in angling) (British)
    Example sentences
    • The beats of the Norwegian Flyfishers Club are fished on a rotational basis, giving each angler equal rights, and a maximum of four anglers per beat.
    • We fished a beat that had a small narrow island about a third of the way down.
    • Each beat fishes best at a different height of water.
  • 4 (beatnik)
    Example sentences
    • Perhaps he was a Beat born too early.
    • He was a beat in the 50s, met and performed with Warhol in the early 60s, was always on the edge of everything.
    • It reminds me of my parents, they were beats and hippies then converted to Protestant Christianity.

Phrasal verbs

beat back

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object

beat down

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
1 (when bargaining) we beat him down to half the original figure
conseguimos que nos lo dejara a mitad de precio
you might manage to beat the price down a little
puede que te lo dejen un poco más barato si regateas
2 (flatten)
tirar abajo
echar abajo

beat in

verb + object + adverb
[colloquial]to beat somebody's head/brains in
romperle la cabeza a alguien
romperle la crisma a alguien [colloquial]

beat off

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object (repulse)
he beat off a strong challenge from the independent candidate
se impuso al importante reto del candidato independiente
2verb + adverb (masturbate) (US) [vulgar]
hacerse la paja [vulgar]
hacerse una paja [vulgar]
correrse la paja (Chile) (Peru) [vulgar]
correrse una paja (Chile) (Peru) [vulgar]

beat out

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1 (drum)
1.2 (remove)
quitar (a martillazos etc)
1.3 (extinguish)
apagar (a golpes)
2verb + object + adverb (smash) [colloquial]to beat somebody's brains out
romperle la cabeza a alguien
romperle la crisma a alguien [colloquial]

beat up

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
darle una paliza a [colloquial]
pegarle a
she was badly beaten up
le dieron tremenda paliza [colloquial]
le pegaron brutalmente

beat up on

verb + adverb + preposition + object (US)
darle una paliza a [colloquial]
pegarle a


  • 1 [colloquial] (predicative) 1.1 (exhausted)
    reventado [colloquial]
    molido [colloquial]
    to be dead beat
    estar reventado or molido [colloquial]
    1.2 (defeated) she knew she had him beat
    sabía que se la había ganado
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