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

Flores was hit on the shoulder while Rojas and Lamb were both hit on a foot by breaking balls. David Brandt, sun-sentinel.com, "Marlins score five runs in top of seventh to take lead, but give up four in bottom of inning to fall to Diamondbacks," 17 Sep. 2019 Factories have been hit by the U.S.-China trade war, which has raised their costs and curtailed their exports. Washington Post, "US factory production rose at healthy pace in August," 17 Sep. 2019 Saudi oil facilities have been hit by similar strikes in recent weeks, but previous attacks didn’t cause as much damage. Tara Law, Time, "'Locked and Loaded,' the U.S. Blames Iran for a Drone Attack Against Saudi Arabia. Here's What to Know," 16 Sep. 2019 But in the past two weeks, Brown and Stanley have gotten hit with several holding penalties, and that will hurt in close games. Mike Preston, baltimoresun.com, "Mike Preston’s report card: Position-by-position grades for Ravens’ 23-17 win over Cardinals," 15 Sep. 2019 In July, a mountain lion was hit by a car on northbound Highway 29, south of the town of Lakeport, injuring 9 people. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "It’s a (highway) jungle out there," 14 Sep. 2019 In addition, the outlet reports that she was hit with a misdemeanor charge for paraphernalia. Fox News, "'Honey Boo Boo' star Mama June indicted by grand jury over drug charges: report," 14 Sep. 2019 The record is 67 days above 90, hit in both 2010 and 1980. USA TODAY, "Disney surprise, foreign feral hogs, porous pavement: News from around our 50 states," 13 Sep. 2019 Mike Kreza was hit while riding his bicycle off duty in Mission Viejo on Nov. 3 and died from his injuries two days later. Daily Pilot, "Around Town: BMX competition will wheelie into H.B. Friday," 12 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Gummy bears and other edibles accounted for 36 hits, while nearly all others were vape products. Washington Post, "Vapes spiked with illegal drugs show dark side of CBD craze," 16 Sep. 2019 Her presence on the court frees teammates for cleaner hits. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Torreys junior determined to make most of her height," 16 Sep. 2019 Prior to Carter’s crucial targeting penalty, Kentucky lost free safety Yusuf Corker in the first quarter for a hit deemed excessive during Florida’s first touchdown drive. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Targeting rule takes a toll on Kentucky, exasperates coach Mark Stoops in loss to Florida," 15 Sep. 2019 Also fined by the NFL for Week 1 infractions were: · San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker Kwon Alexander (Oxford), who was ejected from a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a helmet-to-helmet hit on quarterback Jameis Winston. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "NFL fines Derrick Henry, Tony Brown," 15 Sep. 2019 Sport mode charges the battery just enough to deliver a hit of electric boost. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Porsche’s third-generation Cayenne hybrid gets more juice, performance," 13 Sep. 2019 West Marin singer-songwriter Mike Duke wrote some of the biggest hits of the 1980s for Huey Lewis and the News. Paul Liberatore, The Mercury News, "Hit songwriter for Huey Lewis finally has an album of his own, after 40 years," 13 Sep. 2019 On Sunday, The Masked Singer Super Sneak Peek will include an introduction to the costumes for the hit Fox series’ second season, as well as the return of season 1 champion T-Pain, a.k.a the Monster, to the stage. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "The Masked Singer Super Sneak Peek Previews the Exciting New Costumes for Season 2," 13 Sep. 2019 This cake, inspired by the great baker Maida Heatter’s recipe, gets hits of lemon three times: zest and juice in the cake, a clear soaking syrup that seeps into the cake, and finally, a creamy, thick glaze that coats the top. Los Angeles Times, "The only 4 cakes you’ll ever need for entertaining," 12 Sep. 2019

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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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