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beat

Pronunciation: /biːt/

Translation of beat in Spanish:

transitive verb/verbo transitivo (past tense of/pasado de beat past participle of/participio pasado de, beaten /ˈbiːtn/)

  • 1 1.1 (hit repeatedly) golpear; [carpet] sacudir; [wings] batir 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.
    1.2 (inflict blows on) he beats his children les pega a sus hijos, maltrata a sus hijos he was beaten to death lo mataron a golpes 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) [metal] batir
    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 [Cookery/Cocina] [eggs] batir; [cream/egg whites] batir, montar (Spain/España)
    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) [opponent] ganarle a, derrotar, vencer* 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 2.2 (be better than) [record] batir, superar 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/familiar] siempre es más divertido que trabajar his cooking beats mine easily cocina mejor que yo, ni punto de comparación 2.3 (evade) [Sport/Deporte] burlar
    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.
    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.
    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.
  • 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 impuestoto beat sb to sth I beat him to the telephone llegué antes que él al teléfono I'll beat you to the shop te echo or (River Plate area/Río de la Plata) te juego una carrera hasta la tienda to beat sb to it o to the punch adelantársele a algn, ganarle a algn por la mano or (River Plate area/Río de la Plata) de mano, ganarle la mano a algn (Chile) she'd been beaten to it alguien se le había adelantado, le habían ganado por la mano ( or de mano etc)
  • 4 [Music/Música] [time] marcar* 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/familiar] ¡lárgate! [colloquial/familiar], ¡mandate mudar! (River Plate area/Río de la Plata) [colloquial/familiar] 5.2 (scour) [countryside] batir

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo (past tense of/pasado de beat past participle of/participio pasado de, beaten /ˈbiːtn/)

  • 1.1 (strike)to beat against/on sth the 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 1.2 (pulsate) [heart/pulse] latir, palpitar; [drum] redoblar; [wings] batir
    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.
    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.
    1.3 (in hunting) batir
    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
    • He has been asked to stop beating his drum so fiercely after complaints about the noise.
    • At this time, it is forbidden to beat drums or make other loud noises.
    • The father beats a drum and the son buries his head in a covered pit.
    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.

noun/nombre

Phrasal verbs

beat back

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
[attack/enemy] rechazar*

beat down

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
1.1 (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 1.2 (flatten) [door] tirar or echar abajo, derribar; [crop] aplastar

beat in

verb + object + adverb/verbo + complemento + adverbio
[colloquial/familiar] to beat sb's head/brains in romperle* la cabeza or [colloquial/familiar] la crisma a algn

beat off

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento (repulse) [attacker/assault] rechazar* he beat off a strong challenge from the independent candidate se impuso al importante reto del candidato independiente 1.1verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio (masturbate) (American English/inglés norteamericano) [vulgar], hacerse* or (Chile) (Peru/Perú) correrse la or una paja [vulgar]

beat out

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento 1.1 (drum) [rhythm] marcar* 1.2 (remove) [dent] quitar ([ a martillazos etc ]) 1.3 (extinguish) [fire/flames] apagar* ([ a golpes ]) 1.1verb + object + adverb/verbo + complemento + adverbio (smash) [colloquial/familiar] to beat sb's brains out romperle* la cabeza or [colloquial/familiar] la crisma a algn

beat up

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
[colloquial/familiar] darle* una paliza a [colloquial/familiar], pegarle* a she was badly beaten up le dieron tremenda paliza [colloquial/familiar], le pegaron brutalmente

beat up on

verb + adverb + preposition + object/verbo + adverbio + preposición + complemento (American English/inglés norteamericano)
[colloquial/familiar] darle* una paliza a [colloquial/familiar], pegarle* a

adjective/adjetivo

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