hit

verb
\ ˈhit \
hit; hitting

Definition of hit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to reach with or as if with a sudden blow His mom told him to stop hitting his sister.
b : to come in quick forceful contact with the ball hit the window He was hit by a car. The tank was hit by enemy fire.
c : to strike (something, such as a ball) with an object (such as a bat, club, or racket) so as to impart or redirect motion hit a fastball into the outfield
2a : to cause to come into contact She accidentally hit her head getting into the car.
b : to deliver (something, such as a blow) by action
c : to apply forcefully or suddenly hit the brakes Will someone hit the lights?
3 : to affect especially detrimentally farmers hit by drought Many families were hit hard during the recession.
4 : to make a request of hit his friend for 10 dollars often used with up hit us up for some change
5 : to discover or meet especially by chance prospectors hitting gold hit a snowstorm while driving home hit a run of bad luck
6a : to accord with : suit hits public tastes
b : reach, attain prices hit a new high kept digging until he hit water She'll hit 50 on her next birthday.
c : to arrive or appear at, in, or on hit town the best time to hit the stores The newest issue hits newsstands tomorrow.
d of fish : to bite at or on will only hit live bait
e : to reflect accurately hit the right note
f : to reach or strike (something, such as a target) especially for a score in a game or contest couldn't seem to hit the basket
g baseball : bat sense 2b a player who can hit .300
7 : to indulge in excessively He repeatedly hit the bottle [=drank alcoholic beverages excessively] and, following a wild binge, was exiled to a remote post in the mountains …— Stanley Karnow
8 : to deal another card to (as in blackjack) hit me

intransitive verb

1a : to strike a blow boxers hitting furiously at each other
b : to arrive with a forceful effect like that of a blow the storm hit
2a : to come into contact with something the plate shattered when it hit
b : attack where the terrorists would hit next
c of a fish : strike sense 11b
d baseball : bat sense 1 next up to hit
3 : to succeed in attaining or coming up with something often used with on or upon hit on a solution
4 obsolete : to be in agreement : suit
5 of an internal combustion engine : to fire a quantity of mixed fuel and air in the cylinders (see cylinder sense 2b) the engine wouldn't hit
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
1 : to reach the point of physical exhaustion during strenuous activity
2 : to reach a limiting point or situation at which progress or success ceases

hit

noun

Definition of hit (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act or instance of striking or forcefully coming in contact with someone or something : an act or instance of hitting or being hit penalized for an illegal hit from behind The bunker took a direct hit from the bombers.
2a : a stroke of luck
b : a great success The show was a big hit. a compilation of the band's greatest hits The pony rides were a hit with the kids.
3 : a telling or critical remark
4 baseball : base hit
5 : a quantity of a drug ingested at one time took a hit of LSD
6 : a premeditated murder committed especially by a member of a crime syndicate (see syndicate entry 1 sense 3c) a hit on a rival gang leader
7 : an instance of connecting to a particular website a million hits per day
8 : a successful match in a search (as of a computer database or the Internet)

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Other Words from hit

Verb

hitter noun

Noun

hitless \ ˈhit-​ləs \ adjective

Examples of hit in a Sentence

Verb

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.

Noun

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

As more manufacturers hit the 200,000-car limit, the varying levels of available tax credits are bound to confuse buyers and complicate their decisions. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "The $7,500 Tax Credit for Buying an Electric Chevy Might Be Disappearing," 2 Jan. 2019 As mokbang culture has hit the mainstream, YouTube stars have evolved to keep their act from going stale. Timothy W. Martin, WSJ, "Gut Check: Does Binge Watching Binge Eating Make You Fat?," 2 Jan. 2019 In March, Uber was forced to drastically scale back its testing activities after an Uber vehicle hit and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "The hype around driverless cars came crashing down in 2018," 30 Dec. 2018 Although the police force hit a minor snag in October when one of the cameras caught on fire, the stated goal has been to provide one camera for every officer by the end of 2019. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "New York City cops will fly a drone over the New Year’s Eve celebration at Times Square," 30 Dec. 2018 Both times, the country had no choice but to take notice as images of young people surging out of their schools hit the news. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "5 Protest Tactics We Loved in 2018," 29 Dec. 2018 Her family was without electricity and water nine months after Hurricane María hit Puerto Rico. Kainaz Amaria, Vox, "2018, explained in pictures by women and non-binary photographers," 21 Dec. 2018 Each year, a new crop of children’s books hits the shelves, promising to enrich the lives of both parents and the kids that read them. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 17 best kids’ books about design and cities," 12 Dec. 2018 Here are just a couple of our favorite places to eat, play and stay while hitting the slopes in style. Todd Plummer, Town & Country, "The Right Way To Ski Mount Buller, Australia’s Winter Playground," 10 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Camila Cabello had the best year of her life in 2018, filled with top hits, awards, and plenty of red carpets. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Here's Why Camila Cabello Won't Walk The Red Carpet With Boyfriend Matthew Hussey," 14 Dec. 2018 Meredith Corporation inked a deal with the Gaineses in 2016 to publish the Magnolia Journal, and the magazine has been a runaway hit, selling out and going into additional print runs. Laura Fenton, Curbed, "How the ‘modern farmhouse’ look took over," 21 Nov. 2018 With fewer crowds and calmer vibes, these B sides are as compelling as the big hits, and even first-timers should consider one or more for a best-of-Vietnam trip. Peter Jon Lindberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Take Your Vietnam Trip to the Next Level," 20 Nov. 2018 The hit, on a 3-2 pitch with two outs in the ninth inning, tied a game the Cubs would win 5-4 an inning later. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres notes: Hand's struggles; Richard's survival," 14 July 2018 Chen, meanwhile, has just four career hits, including three this season. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "A Closer Look: Philadelphia Phillies 2, Miami Marlins 0," 14 July 2018 Twitter’s primary account seems to have taken the greatest hit, dropping from 62.85 million to 55.35 million followers on Thursday — a drop of 12%. Casey Quackenbush, Time, "Celebrities Are Losing Millions of Followers as Twitter Slashes Fake Accounts," 13 July 2018 His predecessor, President Barack Obama, took a much bigger hit, losing three million followers in about one day. Julia Jacobs, New York Times, "In Twitter Purge, Top Accounts Lose Millions of Followers," 12 July 2018 Rogers' pass-heavy offense was an instant hit, including with Kirk Gibson, who became an All-American and eventual College Football Hall of Famer under his guidance. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Darryl Rogers' family: Ex-Detroit Lions, MSU coach died of natural causes," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of hit

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hit

Verb and Noun

Middle English, from Old English hyttan, probably from Old Norse hitta to meet with, hit

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hit

verb

English Language Learners Definition of hit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

hit

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hit (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act of hitting someone or something

: something that is very successful

: someone or something that is liked by someone very much

hit

verb
\ ˈhit \
hit; hitting

Kids Definition of hit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to strike or be struck by (someone or something) forcefully
2 : to cause or allow (something) to come into contact with something He hit his head on the door.
3 : to affect or be affected by in a harmful or damaging way He was hit hard by the loss.
4 : occur sense 1 The storm hit without warning.
5 : to come upon by chance She hit upon the right answer.
6 : to arrive at Prices hit a new high.

Other Words from hit

hitter noun

hit

noun

Kids Definition of hit (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a blow striking an object aimed at Bombers scored a direct hit.
2 : something very successful The show is a hit.
3 : a batted baseball that enables the batter to reach base safely
4 : a match in a computer search The search produced over a thousand hits.

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