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 hit (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 When the pandemic hit, Herminia Reyes pivoted to delivery services and relied on the drive-through window at her restaurant, Alfredo’s Mexican Food. Los Angeles Times, "Businesses in majority-white communities received PPP loans at higher rates, analysis shows," 1 May 2021 Before the pandemic hit, the population had dropped to 117,00 inmates. BostonGlobe.com, "76,000 California inmates now eligible for earlier releases," 1 May 2021 When the pandemic hit, Mr. Neeleman—who has expressed frustration with lockdown measures in the last year—paused his plans. Benjamin Katz, WSJ, "More Than 90 New Airlines Are Launching in 2021. They Say It’s the Perfect Time.," 30 Apr. 2021 That very night is when the pandemic hit the sports world in the United States, and President Donald Trump stopped international air traffic. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, "A mighty fish story to begin a whopper of a season," 30 Apr. 2021 More than a year after the pandemic hit the U.S., Best is still in business, eying senior portraits and the paddleboard yoga season. Wil Phinney, oregonlive, "In times of COVID-19, Indian Country finds solutions for entrepreneurial capital," 30 Apr. 2021 But when the pandemic hit, the in-person volunteering came to a halt. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Oceanside family set on helping homeless," 30 Apr. 2021 Until the pandemic hit in 2020, TB was the world´s leading cause of death from an infectious disease. Uvistra Naidoo And Mark Feinberg, CNN, "Covid 19's lessons are key to crushing the world's most brutal infectious disease," 30 Apr. 2021 So when the pandemic hit, our cafe became an emergency feeding site. Ibrahim Onafeko, The Christian Science Monitor, "For the newly food insecure, help that preserves dignity," 30 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Based on the dystopian novel by Margaret Atwood, the series has become a major hit for the streaming service. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Return of 'The Handmaid's Tale' and what else to watch," 29 Apr. 2021 The album was a major hit that year — and continues to be. Bill Wyman, Vulture, "Jim Steinman, Master of Excess," 27 Apr. 2021 This, in part, is why rock and alternative have taken a major hit in popularity. Sameer Gadhia, Rolling Stone, "Young The Giant’s Sameer Gadhia: Rock Music Must Unearth Its Diverse Roots," 27 Apr. 2021 Younger has also become a hit on Hulu, which had been the exclusive streaming home to the Darren Star comedy. Lesley Goldberg, Billboard, "'How I Met Your Father,' Starring Hilary Duff, Is Coming to Hulu," 21 Apr. 2021 In 2020, when the restaurant industry globally took a major hit due to the pandemic, restaurants around the globe were forced to close their doors. Valentina Di Donato, Forbes, "How This Duo Are Building A Gastronomical Empire From An Ex Monastery In Abruzzo," 18 Apr. 2021 Golden State absorbed a major hit earlier in the day when rookie center James Wiseman was ruled out for the remainder of the season after undergoing right knee surgery. Brian Dulik, Star Tribune, "Curry scores 33, Warriors roll to 119-101 win over Cavaliers," 15 Apr. 2021 The jet, which resembles the F-22 Raptor, could also become a hit with smaller air forces or countries seeking a more affordable fighter fleet. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "South Korea Just Unveiled Its New Fighter Jet. It Looks Awfully Familiar.," 13 Apr. 2021 When Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died in office last year, allowing then-President Donald Trump to cement the court’s conservative majority, liberal judicial activists took a major hit. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "Why Stephen Breyer is resisting liberal pleas for him to retire," 11 Apr. 2021

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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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Time Traveler for hit

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The first known use of hit was before the 12th century

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4 May 2021

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“Hit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hit. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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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