Definition of batter verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

batter

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verb
BrE BrE//ˈbætə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbætər//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they batter
BrE BrE//ˈbætə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbætər//
 
he / she / it batters
BrE BrE//ˈbætəz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbætərz//
 
past simple battered
BrE BrE//ˈbætəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbætərd//
 
past participle battered
BrE BrE//ˈbætəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbætərd//
 
-ing form battering
BrE BrE//ˈbætərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbætərɪŋ//
 
Committing crime
 
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[intransitive, transitive, often passive] to hit somebody/something hard many times, especially in a way that causes serious damage batter at/on something She battered at the door with her fists. batter somebody He had been badly battered about the head and face. Her killer had battered her to death. batter something Severe winds have been battering the north coast. Synonymsbeatbatter pound lash hammerThese words all mean to hit somebody/​something many times, especially hard.beat to hit somebody/​something a lot of times, especially very hard:Someone was beating at the door. A young man was found beaten to death last night. At that time, children were often beaten for quite minor offences (= as a punishment).batter to hit somebody/​something hard a lot of times, especially in way that causes serious injury or damage:He had been badly battered around the head and face. Severe winds have been battering the coast.pound to hit somebody/​something hard a lot of times, especially in a way that makes a lot of noise:Heavy rain pounded on the roof.lash to hit somebody/​something with a lot of force:The rain lashed at the window. The subject of lash is often rain, wind, hail, sea or waves.hammer to hit somebody/​something hard a lot of times, in a way that is noisy or violent:He hammered the door with his fists.pound or hammer? There is not much difference in meaning between these two, but to pound is sometimes a steadier action. To hammer can be more violent and it is often used figuratively.Patterns to beat/​batter/​pound/​lash/​hammer somebody/​something with something to beat/​batter/​pound/​lash/​hammer against something to beat/​batter/​pound/​hammer on something to beat/​batter/​hammer something down the rain/​wind/​sea beats/​batters/​pounds/​lashes (at) something See related entries: Committing crime Word Origin verb Middle English: from Old French batre ‘to beat’ (from Latin battuere) + -er. noun senses 1 to 2 late Middle English: from Old French bateure ‘the action of beating’, from batre ‘to beat’.Extra examples An intruder attacked him and battered him to death. She battered on the door. The waves battered against the ship. battering at the door battering her with a piece of wood He had been badly battered around the head and face. Heavy rains battered what remained of the crop. Someone had battered her to death. Phrasal Verbsbatter somethingdown
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