Hit - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |hɪt|  American pronunciation of the word hit
Brit.  |hɪt|  British pronunciation of the word hit
irregular verb:  p.t. — hit  p.p. — hit


- (baseball) a successful stroke in an athletic contest (especially in baseball)
he came all the way around on Williams' hit
- the act of contacting one thing with another (syn: striking)
repeated hitting raised a large bruise
after three misses she finally got a hit
- a conspicuous success (syn: bang, smash, smasher, strike)
that song was his first hit and marked the beginning of his career
- (physics) a brief event in which two or more bodies come together (syn: collision)
- a dose of a narcotic drug
- a murder carried out by an underworld syndicate
it has all the earmarks of a Mafia hit
- a connection made via the internet to another website
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- cause to move by striking
hit a ball
- hit against; come into sudden contact with (syn: strike)
The car hit a tree
- deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument
He hit her hard in the face
- reach a destination, either real or abstract (syn: attain, gain, make, reach)
We hit Detroit by noon
I have to hit the MAC machine before the weekend starts
- affect or afflict suddenly, usually adversely (syn: strike)
We were hit by really bad weather
- hit with a missile from a weapon (syn: pip, shoot)
- encounter by chance (syn: stumble)
- gain points in a game (syn: score, tally)
He hit a home run
He hit .300 in the past season
- cause to experience suddenly (syn: come to, strike)
An interesting idea hit her
- make a strategic, offensive, assault against an enemy, opponent, or a target (syn: strike)
- kill intentionally and with premeditation (syn: bump off, dispatch, murder, off, polish off, remove, slay)
- drive something violently into a location (syn: strike)
he hit his fist on the table
- reach a point in time, or a certain state or level (syn: attain, reach)
The thermometer hit 100 degrees
- produce by manipulating keys or strings of musical instruments (syn: strike)
- hit the intended target or goal
- pay unsolicited and usually unwanted sexual attention to
He tries to hit on women in bars

Extra examples

She told her son to stop hitting his sister.

She hit him hard with her purse.

The boxers hit each other with their fists.

The boxers were hitting furiously at each other.

She hit the ball right to the shortstop.

The ball hit the house.

The plate shattered when it hit the floor.

The tank was hit by enemy fire.

He was hit by a car.

The ship hit an iceberg.

The player was penalized for an illegal hit from behind.

The torpedo made a direct hit.

The pony ride was a big hit at the party.

He hit me a hard blow.

She hit him on the head with her umbrella.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: hit
he/she/it: hits
present participle: hitting
past tense: hit
past participle: hit
singular: hit
plural: hits
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