hit

verb
\ ˈhit How to pronounce hit (audio) \
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 How to pronounce hitless (audio) \ 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

The necessity of migration when climate change hits home is all too real around the world. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Said Climate Change and Immigration Are Connected — Here's Why She's Right," 11 Apr. 2019 Rain and thunder will likely hit the Northeast by the end of the week as the storm makes its final stop on the opposite side of the country. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "A Brutal Spring Snow Storm Is Going to Slam 200 Million People Across the U.S. This Week," 9 Apr. 2019 Take Elle Fanning, who last night hit the streets in a campy look that was the perfect pre-cursor to Met Gala 2019. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Confused About “Camp”? For Elle Fanning, the Met Gala Theme Is a Cinch," 5 Apr. 2019 But when Drew Doughty’s shot hit the back of the net, the Kings were another team set to miss the playoffs, having done their best to make sure the Blackhawks join them as spectators. Dan Greenspan, The Seattle Times, "Kings beat Blackhawks 3-2 on Doughty’s power-play goal in OT," 31 Mar. 2019 The piece is from the brand's Fall 2019 collection, which just hit the runway at London Fashion Week last month. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Stuns in a Green Erdem Coat for a Visit to Canada House with Prince Harry," 11 Mar. 2019 And when a person hits their head hard, the brain can bounce around and twist in the skull. Brian Resnick, Vox, "What a lifetime of playing football can do to the human brain," 4 Feb. 2019 Cargo vessels have been hit by an expensive string of fires. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "Shipping’s Latest Problem: Rising Insurance Costs," 28 Mar. 2019 Those two games, along with Battlefield V, pair DLSS with real-time ray tracing features to counteract the latter’s performance hit. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "BioWare's Anthem adds DLSS support as Nvidia's RTX push continues," 26 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Liza Minnelli, star of Cabaret and the bigger celebrity, temporarily replaced Verdon, turning Chicago into a hit. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Complete Timeline of the Real Relationship Between Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon," 9 Apr. 2019 Just a few months ahead of the Big Little Lies season two premiere, several cast members of the hit HBO show reunited. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Reese Witherspoon Just Hilariously Photoshopped Zoë Kravitz into Her Latest Instagram Post," 8 Apr. 2019 On the night of its return, the hit sitcom will air two new episodes. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About 'Life in Pieces' Season 4," 5 Apr. 2019 Flirting is definitely one of those hit or miss things. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "20 Hilarious Flirting Memes You Can Totally Relate To," 4 Apr. 2019 Dansby Swanson and Charlie Culberson homered, and Freddie Freeman had four hits and drove in two for the Braves. Aaron Bracy, The Seattle Times, "Harper homers, hears “MVP!” chants as Phillies beat Braves," 31 Mar. 2019 No, the big news was that Risk of Rain 2 hit Steam Early Access today. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Borderlands 3 reveal brings back familiar faces and "over one billion guns," including a gun that walks," 28 Mar. 2019 Young male college graduates have been particularly hard hit. Chuck Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The State of American Trade Schools," 13 Mar. 2019 Of his 20 hits in West Michigan entering Thursday, two have been doubles and four have been triples. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "Tigers outfield prospect Brock Deatherage a 'Kirk Gibson guy'," 13 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
used to describe being hit by something (such as a bullet, bomb, punch, etc.) usually used with take often used figuratively
: something that is very successful

hit

verb
\ ˈhit How to pronounce hit (audio) \
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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