1
[ verb ] come out better in a competition, race, or conflict

Examples

"Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship" "We beat the competition" "Harvard defeated Yale in the last football game"

2
[ verb ] beat severely with a whip or rod

Examples

"The teacher often flogged the students" "The children were severely trounced"

3
[ verb ] censure severely or angrily

Examples

"The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car" "The deputy ragged the Prime Minister" "The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup" "check" is archaic

4
[ verb ] be a mystery or bewildering to

Examples

"This beats me!" "Got me--I don't know the answer!" "a vexing problem" "This question really stuck me"

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