verb \ˈhit\

: to move your hand, a bat, etc., quickly so that it touches someone or something in a forceful or violent way

: to cause (something, such as a ball) to move by hitting it forcefully with a bat, racket, etc.

: to touch (something or someone) in a forceful or violent way after moving at a high speed


Full Definition of HIT

transitive verb
a :  to reach with or as if with a blow
b :  to come in contact with <the ball hit the window>
c :  to strike (as a ball) with an object (as a bat, club, or racket) so as to impart or redirect motion
a :  to cause to come into contact
b :  to deliver (as a blow) by action
c :  to apply forcefully or suddenly <hit the brakes>
:  to affect especially detrimentally <farmers hit by drought>
:  to make a request of <hit his friend for 10 dollars> —often used with up
:  to discover or meet especially by chance
a :  to accord with :  suit
b :  reach, attain <prices hit a new high>
c :  to arrive or appear at, in, or on <hit town> <the best time to hit the stores>
d of fish :  to bite at or on
e :  to reflect accurately <hit the right note>
f :  to reach or strike (as a target) especially for a score in a game or contest <couldn't seem to hit the basket>
g :  bat 2b
:  to indulge in excessively <hit the bottle>
:  to deal another card to (as in blackjack)
intransitive verb
a :  to strike a blow
b :  to arrive with a forceful effect like that of a blow <the storm hit>
a :  to come into contact with something
b :  attack
c of a fish :  strike 11b
d :  bat 1
:  to succeed in attaining or coming up with something —often used with on or upon <hit on a solution>
obsolete :  to be in agreement :  suit
of an internal combustion engine :  to fire the charge in the cylinders
hit·ter noun
hit it big
:  to achieve great success
hit it off
:  to get along well :  become friends <they hit it off immediately>
hit on
:  to make especially sexual overtures to
hit the books
:  to study especially with intensity
hit the fan
:  to have a major usually undesirable impact
hit the ground running
:  to begin or proceed quickly, energetically, or effectively
hit the hay or hit the sack
:  to go to bed
hit the high points or hit the high spots
:  to touch on or at the most important points or places
hit the jackpot
:  to become notably and unexpectedly successful
hit the nail on the head
:  to be exactly right
hit the road
:  leave, travel; also :  to set out
hit the roof or hit the ceiling
:  to give vent to a burst of anger or angry protest
hit the spot
:  to give complete or special satisfaction —used especially of food or drink
hit the wall
:  to reach the point of physical exhaustion during strenuous activity
:  to reach a limiting point or situation at which progress or success ceases

Examples of HIT

  1. She told her son to stop hitting his sister.
  2. She hit him hard with her purse.
  3. The boxers hit each other with their fists.
  4. The boxers were hitting furiously at each other.
  5. She hit the ball right to the shortstop.
  6. The ball hit the house.
  7. The plate shattered when it hit the floor.
  8. The tank was hit by enemy fire.
  9. He was hit by a car.
  10. The ship hit an iceberg.

Origin of HIT

Middle English, from Old English hyttan, probably from Old Norse hitta to meet with, hit
First Known Use: before 12th century



: an act of hitting someone or something

: something that is very successful

: someone or something that is liked by someone very much

Full Definition of HIT

:  an act or instance of hitting or being hit <more hits than misses>
a :  a stroke of luck
b :  a great success
:  a telling or critical remark
:  base hit
:  a quantity of a drug ingested at one time
:  a premeditated murder committed especially by a member of a crime syndicate
:  an instance of connecting to a particular Web site <a million hits per day>
:  a successful match in a search (as of a computer database or the Internet)
hit·less \ˈhit-ləs\ adjective

Examples of HIT

  1. The player was penalized for an illegal hit from behind.
  2. The torpedo made a direct hit.
  3. The pony ride was a big hit at the party.

First Known Use of HIT

15th century


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