Synonyms of beat in English:


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1‘before running off, the men beat me with pickaxe handles’

hit, strike, batter, thump, hammer, punch, knock, thrash, pound, pummel, slap, smack, crack, thwack, cuff, buffet, maul, pelt, drub, rain blows on
assault, attack, abuse
flay, whip, lash, cudgel, club, birch
informal wallop, belt, bash, whack, clout, clobber, slug, tan, biff, bop, sock, deck, plug, lay into, do over, knock about, knock around, rough up, fill in, knock into the middle of next week, beat the living daylights out of, give someone a good hiding
dated chastise

2‘he could hear a drum being beaten’

bang, hit, strike, rap, tap, pound, thump, hammer
play, sound, perform on, make music on

3‘the waves beat all along the shore’

lash, strike, dash, break against
sweep, lap, wash, splash, ripple, roll, splosh, move against
literary plash, lave

4‘the metal is beaten into a die’

hammer, forge, form, shape, mould, work, stamp, fashion, model, fabricate, make, cast, frame, sculpt, sculpture

5‘she could hear her own heart beating’

pulsate, pulse, palpitate, vibrate, throb, reverberate
pump, pound, thump, thud, hammer, drum
pitter-patter, go pit-a-pat
rare quop

6‘doves wheel around the rooftops, beating their wings’

flap, flutter, move up and down, thresh, thrash, wave, shake, swing, agitate, quiver, tremble, vibrate, oscillate

7‘beat the cream into the mixture’

whisk, mix, blend, whip, stir, fold

8‘she beat a path through clumps of bushes’

tread, tramp, trample, wear, track, groove
crush, flatten, press down, squash

9‘he played in a team that beat England 2–1 at home’

defeat, conquer, win against, get the better of, vanquish, trounce, rout, overpower, overcome, overwhelm, overthrow, subdue, quash, crush
informal lick, thrash, whip, wipe the floor with, clobber
US informal own

10‘he cleared 2.68m to beat the previous record of 2.67m’

surpass, outdo, exceed, eclipse, transcend, top, trump, cap, better, outperform, outstrip, outshine, outclass, overshadow, put in the shade, be better than, improve on, go one better than


1‘this song has a catchy tune and a good beat’

rhythm, pulse, stress, metre, time, measure, cadence, accent, rhythmical flow, rhythmical pattern

2‘the beat of hooves’

pounding, banging, thumping, thudding, booming, hammering, battering, crashing

3‘her heart settled to an angry beat’

pulse, pulsing, pulsating, vibration, vibrating, throb, throbbing, palpitation, palpitating, reverberation, reverberating
beating, pumping, pounding, thumping, thudding, hammering, drumming
pitter-patter, pit-a-pat

4‘a policeman on his beat’

circuit, round, course, route, way, path, orbit, tour, turn



exhausted, tired out, worn out, weary, dog-tired, bone-tired, bone-weary, ready to drop, on one's last legs, asleep on one's feet, drained, fatigued, enervated, debilitated, spent
out of breath, breathless, panting, puffing, puffed, puffed out, puffing and blowing, gasping, gasping for breath
informal done in, all in, dead on one's feet, dead beat, shattered, bushed, fagged out, knocked out, wiped out, running on empty, zonked out, worn to a frazzle, frazzled, bushwhacked
British informal knackered, whacked, whacked out, shagged out, jiggered
Scottish informal wabbit
North American informal pooped, tuckered out, fried, whipped
Australian, New Zealand informal stonkered
British vulgar slang buggered
Australian, New Zealand vulgar slang rooted
archaic toilworn
rare fordone

fresh as a daisy, raring to go


    beat a retreat


    retreat, withdraw, retire, draw back, pull back, pull out, fall back, give way, give ground, recoil, flee, take flight, run away, run off, make a run for it, run for it, make off, take off, take to one's heels, make a break for it, bolt, make a quick exit, beat a hasty retreat, clear out, make one's getaway, escape, head for the hills


    beat it, vamoose, skedaddle, split, cut and run, leg it, show a clean pair of heels, turn tail, scram, hook it, fly the coop, skip off, do a fade

    British informal

    do a runner, scarper, do a bunk

    North American informal

    light out, bug out, cut out, peel out, take a powder, skidoo

    Australian informal

    go through, shoot through


    fly, levant


    advance, dig in

    beat it

    ‘we beat it as fast as we could’


    leave, go, go away, depart, get going, get out, be off with you, shoo


    scram, be on your way, run along, skedaddle, split, vamoose, scat, get lost, push off, buzz off, shove off, clear off, go jump in the lake, go and jump in the lake

    British informal

    hop it, bog off, naff off, on your bike, get along, sling your hook

    North American informal

    bug off, light out, haul off, haul ass, take a powder, hit the trail, take a hike

    Australian informal

    nick off

    Australian, New Zealand informal

    rack off

    South African informal

    voetsak, hamba

    vulgar slang

    bugger off, piss off, fuck off

    British vulgar slang

    sod off


    begone, avaunt

    beat someone/something off

    ‘we beat off the raiders with sticks’


    repel, fight off, repulse, drive away, drive back, force back, beat back, push back, thrust back, put to flight

    hold off, ward off, fend off, stand off, stave off, keep at bay, keep at arm's length

    beat about the bush

    ‘he never beat about the bush when something was annoying him’


    prevaricate, vacillate, dodge the issue, evade the issue, be non-committal, hedge, hedge one's bets, quibble, parry questions, fudge the issue, mince one's words, stall, shilly-shally, hesitate


    hum and haw


    pussyfoot around, waffle, flannel, sit on the fence, duck the question




    come to the point

    beat something out

    ‘he beat out the flames’


    extinguish, put out, quench, smother, douse, snuff out, stifle, choke

    beat someone up


    assault, attack, mug, batter, thrash, pummel, pound


    knock about, knock around, do over, work over, clobber, rough up, fill in, kick in, jump, paste, lay into, lace into, sail into, pitch into, get stuck into, beat the living daylights out of, let someone have it

    British informal

    have a go at, duff someone up

    North American informal

    beat up on