beat

I
n.
a regularly traversed round

1) to patrol, walk one's beat

2) to cover one's beat

3) a policeman's beat

rhythm

4) an irregular; regular, steady beat

5) to a beat (to dance to the beat of jungle music)

unit of rhythm

6) a beat to (four beats to a measure)

II
v.

1) to beat brutally, mercilessly, severely, viciously

2) (d; intr., tr.) ('to strike') to beat against (the bird beat its wings against the bars of its cage; the waves beat against the rocks)

3) (d; tr.) ('to hammer') to beat into (to beat facts into smb.'s head; to beat swords into plowshares)

4) (d; tr.) ('to strike') to beat into. to (to beat smb. into submission; to beat smb. to death)

5) (d; intr.) ('to strike') to beat on (smb. was beating on the door)

6) (colloq.) (D; tr.) ('to arrive ahead of') to beat to (I'll beat you to the car!)

7) (N; used with an adjective) ('to strike') they beat him unconscious

8) (slang) (R) ('to astound') it beats me that they turned down the invitation

* * *
[biːt]
mercilessly
regular
severely
steady beat
viciously
walk one's beat
to (to beat smb. into submission; to beat smb. to death)
(N: used with an adjective) ('to strike') they beat him unconscious
(d; tr.) ('to strike') to beat into
(slang) (R) ('to astound') it beats me that they turned down the invitation
['a regularly traversed round'] to patrol
['rhythm'] an irregular
a policeman's beat
to cover one's beat
to beat brutally
(colloq.) (D; tr.) ('to arrive ahead of) to beat to (I'll beat you to the car!)
['unit of rhythm'] a beat to (four beats to a measure)
(d; intr.) ('to strike') to beat on (smb. was beating on the door)
(d; intr., tr.) ('to strike') to beat against (the bird beat its wings against the bars of its cage; the waves beat against the rocks)
to a beat (to dance to the beat of jungle music)
(d: tr.) ('to hammer') to beat into (to beat facts into smb. 's head: to beat swords into plowshares)

Combinatory dictionary. 2013.

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