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 Phase 2 distributed $5,000 grants, totaling $130 million, to more than 26,000 businesses in industries hardest hit by the pandemic. Guy Boulton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "State announces an additional $46 million in grants for small businesses," 6 Apr. 2021 Indianapolis is encouraging community organizations to submit applications for $1 million available for projects that promote the recovery of communities hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic and its economic impact. Amelia Pak-harvey, The Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis opens grant applications for communities hardest hit by coronavirus pandemic," 6 Apr. 2021 California has also been among states hardest hit by the virus. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, "California to fully reopen on June 15 if COVID-19 vaccine supply, hospitalization rates favorable," 6 Apr. 2021 The arts and culture industries have been among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving artists in the lurch. Jenna Ross, Star Tribune, "Pioneering program will pay St. Paul artists a guaranteed monthly income," 5 Apr. 2021 Sectors hit hardest by the pandemic, such as retail and energy, have pulled back their M.B.A. recruiting, according to the report. Patrick Thomas, WSJ, "Tech Companies That Won the Pandemic Are Snapping Up M.B.A.s," 4 Apr. 2021 The schools largely enrolled children of working-class Latino families in many of the communities hardest hit during the pandemic. Los Angeles Times, "Six Los Angeles Catholic schools to close, victims of pandemic hardship, years of struggle," 3 Apr. 2021 This comes as the tourism industry, one of the hardest hit during the Covid-19 pandemic, is still struggling to rebound. Melissa Alonso, CNN, "MLB's decision to move its All-Star Game out of Georgia will have a $100 million impact on the state, tourism official says," 3 Apr. 2021 County health officials have come under fire by some advocacy groups for the slow progress in vaccinating people of color and those living in areas hardest hit. Alicia Fabbre, chicagotribune.com, "Will County reports 100,000th person fully vaccinated, opens more clinics," 2 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For Melton, who played football at Kansas State University before getting his big break as Reggie Mantle on the hit CW series, working with an organization focused on both sports and inclusivity hits close to home. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, "Riverdale's Charles Melton Is the Newest Special Olympics Global Ambassador: 'I'm Pretty Excited'," 8 Apr. 2021 Only about a third of the notional $10 billion has been recovered so far, and the bank expects to update affected clients of the likely hit in coming days. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, "Archegos collapse plunges Credit Suisse back into crisis," 6 Apr. 2021 Mancini had a hit in each game, punctuated by a two-run double in Sunday’s seven-run third inning. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles reset: Another hot start to savor, and this one’s going according to plan | ANALYSIS," 5 Apr. 2021 Mercedes was more than good in his first two big-league starts, with a hit in each of his first eight at-bats. Lamond Pope, chicagotribune.com, "Yermin Mercedes is the 1st player to start a season with 8 straight hits. A closer look at those at-bats for the Chicago White Sox DH.," 4 Apr. 2021 Elvis Andrus, who made a highlight-reel play to rob Martin Maldonado of a hit. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, "A's fall again to Astros as bats are quiet," 3 Apr. 2021 Castellanos lined out to left and Stephenson misread the defensive alignment, believing the ball was going to drop for a hit. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, "'We’ll be where we need to be': Reds not panicking after Opening Day struggles," 2 Apr. 2021 For the first time in a long time, there's the faint hint of a hit at the box office. Jake Coyle, Star Tribune, "With King Kong, a little swagger returns to the box office," 1 Apr. 2021 The Red Sox put two aboard with a hit and a walk, but Soroka recorded a pair of strikeouts, including Chris Herrmann swinging to end the threat. Paul Newberry, ajc, "Soroka returns for Braves on last day of spring training," 30 Mar. 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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The first known use of hit was before the 12th century

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10 Apr 2021

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“Hit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hit. Accessed 11 Apr. 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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