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There are occasions when I've had beef, but I generally tend to avoid it, as a nod towards my parents' culture.
Sanjeev Bhaskar

Meaning of "beef" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD BEEF

From Old French boef, from Latin bōs ox.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF BEEF

beef  [biːf] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF BEEF

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Beef is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb beef in English.

WHAT DOES BEEF MEAN IN ENGLISH?

beef

Beef

Beef is the culinary name for meat from bovines, especially cattle. Beef can be harvested from cows, bulls, heifers or steers. Acceptability as a food source varies in different parts of the world. Beef muscle meat can be cut into roasts, short ribs or steak. Some cuts are processed, and trimmings, usually mixed with meat from older, leaner cattle, are ground, minced or used in sausages. The blood is used in some varieties of blood sausage. Other parts that are eaten include the oxtail, liver, tongue, tripe from the reticulum or rumen, glands, the heart, the brain, the liver, the kidneys, and the tender testicles of the bull. Some intestines are cooked and eaten as-is, but are more often cleaned and used as natural sausage casings. The bones are used for making beef stock. Beef from steers and heifers is very similar,, except steers have slightly less fat and more muscle. Depending on economics, the number of heifers kept for breeding varies. Older animals are used for beef when they are past their reproductive prime. The meat from older cows and bulls is usually tougher, so it is frequently used for mince /ground beef.

Definition of beef in the English dictionary

The first definition of beef in the dictionary is the flesh of various bovine animals, esp the cow, when killed for eating. Other definition of beef is Word forms: plural beeves. an adult ox, bull, cow, etc, reared for its meat. Beef is also human flesh, esp when muscular.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO BEEF

PRESENT

Present
I beef
you beef
he/she/it beefs
we beef
you beef
they beef
Present continuous
I am beefing
you are beefing
he/she/it is beefing
we are beefing
you are beefing
they are beefing
Present perfect
I have beefed
you have beefed
he/she/it has beefed
we have beefed
you have beefed
they have beefed
Present perfect continuous
I have been beefing
you have been beefing
he/she/it has been beefing
we have been beefing
you have been beefing
they have been beefing
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I beefed
you beefed
he/she/it beefed
we beefed
you beefed
they beefed
Past continuous
I was beefing
you were beefing
he/she/it was beefing
we were beefing
you were beefing
they were beefing
Past perfect
I had beefed
you had beefed
he/she/it had beefed
we had beefed
you had beefed
they had beefed
Past perfect continuous
I had been beefing
you had been beefing
he/she/it had been beefing
we had been beefing
you had been beefing
they had been beefing
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will beef
you will beef
he/she/it will beef
we will beef
you will beef
they will beef
Future continuous
I will be beefing
you will be beefing
he/she/it will be beefing
we will be beefing
you will be beefing
they will be beefing
Future perfect
I will have beefed
you will have beefed
he/she/it will have beefed
we will have beefed
you will have beefed
they will have beefed
Future perfect continuous
I will have been beefing
you will have been beefing
he/she/it will have been beefing
we will have been beefing
you will have been beefing
they will have been beefing
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would beef
you would beef
he/she/it would beef
we would beef
you would beef
they would beef
Conditional continuous
I would be beefing
you would be beefing
he/she/it would be beefing
we would be beefing
you would be beefing
they would be beefing
Conditional perfect
I would have beef
you would have beef
he/she/it would have beef
we would have beef
you would have beef
they would have beef
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been beefing
you would have been beefing
he/she/it would have been beefing
we would have been beefing
you would have been beefing
they would have been beefing
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you beef
we let´s beef
you beef
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to beef
Past participle
beefed
Present Participle
beefing
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH BEEF


belief
bɪˈliːf
brief
briːf
chief
tʃiːf
disbelief
ˌdɪsbɪˈliːf
editor-in-chief
ˌɛdɪtəʳɪntˈʃiːf
grief
ɡriːf
keef
kiːf
leaf
liːf
lief
liːf
massif
ˈmæsiːf
motif
məʊˈtiːf
reef
riːf
reif
riːf
relief
rɪˈliːf
sharif
ʃæˈriːf
sif
siːf
sportif
spɔːˈtiːf
Tenerife
ˌtɛnəˈriːf
thief
θiːf

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE BEEF

beedi
beef cattle
beef olive
beef road
beef sausage
beef stroganoff
beef tea
beef tomato
beefalo
beefburger
beefcake
beefeater
Beefheartian
beefier
beefiest
beefily
beefiness
beefless
beefsteak
beefsteak fungus

WORDS THAT END LIKE BEEF

baron of beef
barrier reef
bully beef
coral reef
corned beef
fringing reef
Great Barrier Reef
ground beef
Kobe beef
neckbeef
roast beef
salt beef
shereef
skeef
the Reef

Synonyms and antonyms of beef in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «BEEF»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «beef» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of beef

Translation of «beef» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF BEEF

Find out the translation of beef to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of beef from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «beef» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

牛肉
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

carne de vaca
570 millions of speakers

English

beef
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

गोमांस
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

لـَحْم البَقَر
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

говядина
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

carne bovina
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

গরুর মাংস
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

bœuf
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

daging lembu
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Rindfleisch
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

牛肉
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

쇠고기
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Daging sapi
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

thịt bò
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

மாட்டிறைச்சி
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

गोमांस
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

sığır eti
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

manzo
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

wołowina
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

яловичина
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

carne de vacă
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

μοσχάρι
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

beesvleis
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

oxkött
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

oksekjøtt
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of beef

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «BEEF»

The term «beef» is very widely used and occupies the 8.379 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «BEEF» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «beef» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «beef» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about beef

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10 QUOTES WITH «BEEF»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word beef.
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Steve Albini
For less than the cost of a Big Mac, fries and a Coke, you can buy a loaf of fresh bread and some good cheese or roast beef, which you will enjoy much more.
2
Laurie Halse Anderson
This is my one beef with Hollywood: It's great for movie sales, but they've created this fiction for us that, when you have a hard thing in your life, it's going to get fixed, and then your life will be awesome! Forever!
3
Ray Stannard Baker
Talk of joy: there may be things better than beef stew and baked potatoes and home-made bread - there may be.
4
Neal Barnard
If beef is your idea of 'real food for real people', you'd better live real close to a real good hospital.
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Neal Barnard
Chicken fat, beef fat, fish fat, fried foods - these are the foods that fuel our fat genes by giving them raw materials for building body fat.
6
Max Baucus
U.S. agricultural products, including safe, high-quality Montana beef, face unscientific trade restrictions in many important markets.
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Sanjeev Bhaskar
There are occasions when I've had beef, but I generally tend to avoid it, as a nod towards my parents' culture.
8
Nellie Bly
Even that was all consumed after two days, and the patients had to try to choke down fresh fish, just boiled in water, without salt, pepper or butter; mutton, beef, and potatoes without the faintest seasoning.
9
Humphrey Bogart
A hot dog at the game beats roast beef at the Ritz.
10
Christopher Bond
Yes, beef is what was for dinner last night. Tonight it will be my dinner, and it will continue to be.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «BEEF»

Discover the use of beef in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to beef and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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The Art of Living According to Joe Beef: A Cookbook of Sorts
Earning rave reviews for their unforgettable approach, Joe Beef co-owners/chefs David McMillan and Frédéric Morin push the limits of traditional French cuisine with over 125 recipes (nearly all of them photographed) for hearty dishes ...
David McMillan, Frederic Morin, Meredith Erickson, 2011
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Pure Beef: An Essential Guide to Artisan Meat with Recipes ...
Written by a former vegetarian, "Pure Beef" instructs anyone how to grill, roast, stew, simmer, and saute every cut of beef to their liking.
Lynne Curry, 2012
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My Beef with Meat: The Healthiest Argument for Eating a ...
For the millions who are following a plant-based diet, as well as those meat-eaters who are considering it, MY BEEF WITH MEAT is the definitive guide to convincing all that it's truly the best way to eat!
Rip Esselstyn, 2013
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The Art of Beef Cutting: A Meat Professional's Guide to ...
"The Art of Beef Cutting is the only book on the market that combines a complete listing of beef cuts, including full-color photos and NAMP/IMPS numbers for each cut, with step-by-step instructions on basic meat cutting techniques"- ...
Kari Underly, 2011
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Beef: And Other Bovine Matters
Features every way to cook beef and includes beef recipes from around the globe from the staple pies and stews of peasant cooking to the melt-in-the mouth delicacies of haute cuisine.
John Torode, 2009
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Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle
Feed consumption and rates of gain; Nutrient requirements and symptoms of deficiency; Energy; Minimum roughage and high-concentrate finishing rations; Fats and oils; Protein and nonprotein nitrogen; Minerals; Vitamins; Nutrient needs of ...
‎1970
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What's the Beef?: The Contested Governance of European Food ...
Examines European food safety regulation at the national, European, and international levels as a case of "contested governance," illustrating issues of institutional trust and legitimacy.
Christopher K. Ansell, David Vogel, 2006
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Beef
Describes where and how North American beef cattle are raised, slaughtered, processed, and marketed.
Jason Cooper, 1997
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Beef Up Your Brain: The Big Book of 301 Brain-Building ...
BENCHPRESS YOUR BRAIN INTO SHAPE AND: Stretch and warm up your concentration Perform brain curls for increased attention span and sharper focus Bulk up on memory power Increase your mental reps and ward off diseases like dementia and ...
Michel Noir, 2009
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The Meat Buyers Guide: Beef, Lamb, Veal, Pork, and Poultry
This new edition of The Meat Buyer's Guide features: New uses for muscles in meat carcasses New trim, cut, and processing options More than 60 new photographs NORTH AMERICAN MEAT PROCESSORS ASSOCIATION is a nonprofit trade association ...
NAMP North American Meat Processors Association, 2006

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «BEEF»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term beef is used in the context of the following news items.
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Alberta beef prices hit new high as dry conditions persist in the Prairies
According to Statistics Canada data released Monday, the price at slaughter for 100 pounds of Alberta beef rose to $192.80 in May. That's a 36 ... «Globalnews.ca, Jul 15»
2
Is Your Grass-Fed Beef for Real? Here's How to Tell and Why it …
In recent years, demand for grass-fed beef has grown rapidly, thanks to the popularity of high-protein diets and growing consumer awareness ... «KQED, Jul 15»
3
GPS tracker links Dallas janitor to nearly $3000 of stolen shrimp, beef
... he stole nearly $3,000 worth – or 360 pounds – of shrimp and beef. ... of wild white shrimp; and 200 pounds, or five boxes, of fajita beef. «Dallas Morning News, Jul 15»
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Recipe: Pepper beef & walnut stir-fry
Add one-third of the beef to the wok and stir-fry for 1-2 minutes until browned. Remove to a plate and repeat in 2 batches with the remaining oil ... «Stuff.co.nz, Jul 15»
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Argentina's World-Famous Beef Will Once Again Enter US Market …
In 2001, the United States government banned the importation of beef from Argentina after an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease, a decision ... «VICE News, Jul 15»
6
Punchlines: What's in your beef?
It's a Fourth of July tradition: backyard grills overflowing with hotdogs, hamburgers, baked beans and buns being toasted to perfection. «USA TODAY, Jul 15»
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Sales are down at the Atlantic Beef Products plant in Albany, PEI …
Sales are down at the Atlantic Beef Products plant in Albany, P.E.I. following Sobeys' purchase of Co-op Atlantic's wholesale business. «CBC.ca, Jul 15»
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Good times for beef producers, “far cry” from mad...
Brighton - “Business is really good” for beef producers these days, with “record high prices” across North America, says the first vice-president ... «www.insidebelleville.com/, Jul 15»
9
Denver company recalls some steak and ground beef products
Lombardi Brothers Meats is recalling nearly 27,000 pounds of tenderized steak and ground beef products that may be contaminted with E.coli. «KRDO, Jul 15»
10
A Snail's pace: beef cheeks pie
Beef cheeks are one of my favourite ingredients. They're the perfect slow food; they can be left to cook for hours in the slow cooker or on the ... «Herald Scotland, Jul 15»

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