• To hit; strike
  • To strike or pound repeatedly, usually in some sort of rhythm.
  • To strike repeatedly; to inflict repeated blows; to knock vigorously or loudly.
  • To move with pulsation or throbbing.
  • To win against; to defeat or overcome; to do or be better than; to excel (someone) in a particular, competitive event.
  • To sail to windward using a series of alternate tacks across the wind.
  • To strike (water, foliage etc.) in order to drive out game; to travel through (a forest etc.) for hunting.
  • To mix food in a rapid fashion. Compare whip.
  • of a buyer, to persuade the seller to reduce a price
  • To indicate by beating or drumming.
  • To tread, as a path.
  • To exercise severely; to perplex; to trouble.
  • To be in agitation or doubt.
  • To make a sound when struck.
  • To make a succession of strokes on a drum.
  • To sound with more or less rapid alternations of greater and less intensity, so as to produce a pulsating effect; said of instruments, tones, or vibrations, not perfectly in unison.
  • To arrive at a place before someone.
  • To have sexual intercourse.
  • To rob.



  • From Middle English beten, from Old English bēatan ("to beat, pound, strike, lash, dash, thrust, hurt, injure"), from Proto-West Germanic *bautan, from Proto-Germanic *bautaną ("to push, strike"), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰewd-.
  • Compare Old Irish fobotha ("he threatened"), Latin confutō ("I strike down"), fūstis, Albanian bahe ("sling"), Lithuanian baudžiù, Old Armenian բութ).
  • From beatnik, or beat generation.

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