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Definition of batter verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

batter

 verb
verb
NAmE//ˈbæt̮ər//
 
[intransitive, transitive, often passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they batter
 
he / she / it batters
 
past simple battered
 
-ing form battering
 
 
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to hit someone or 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 around the head and face. She had been battered (= physically abused) by her husband for several years. batter something Severe winds have been battering the north coast. Thesaurusbeatbatter pound lash hammerThese words all mean to hit someone or something many times, especially hard.beat to hit someone or something many 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 offenses (= as a punishment).batter to hit someone or something hard many times, especially in a way that causes serious damage:He was badly battered about the head and face. Severe winds are battering the coast.pound to hit someone or something hard many times, especially in a way that makes a lot of noise:Heavy rain pounded on the roof. She pounded on the table with her fist.lash to hit someone or something with great force:The rain lashed at the window. The subject of lash is often rain, wind, hail, sea, or waves.hammer to hit someone or something hard many times, in a way that is noisy or violent:He hammered at the lock, but it would not open. (figurative)She hammered him with difficult questions.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 Phrasal Verbsbatter somethingdown
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