verb \ˈhit\

Definition of hit




  1. transitive verb
  2. 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 (as a ball) with an object (as a bat, club, or racket) so as to impart or redirect motion <hit a fastball into the outfield>

  3. 2a :  to cause to come into contact <She accidentally hit her head getting into the car.>b :  to deliver (as a blow) by actionc :  to apply forcefully or suddenly <hit the brakes> <Will someone hit the lights?>

  4. 3 :  to affect especially detrimentally <farmers hit by drought> <Many families were hit hard during the recession.>

  5. 4 :  to make a request of <hit his friend for 10 dollars> —often used with up <hit us up for some change>

  6. 5 :  to discover or meet especially by chance <prospectors hitting gold> <hit a snowstorm while driving home> <hit a run of bad luck>

  7. 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 (as a target) especially for a score in a game or contest <couldn't seem to hit the basket>g baseball :  bat 2b <a player who can hit .300>

  8. 7 :  to indulge in excessively <hit the bottle>

  9. 8 :  to deal another card to (as in blackjack ) <hit me>

  10. intransitive verb
  11. 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>

  12. 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 11bd baseball :  bat 1 <next up to hit>

  13. 3 :  to succeed in attaining or coming up with something —often used with on or upon <hit on a solution>

  14. 4 obsolete :  to be in agreement :  suit

  15. 5 of an internal combustion engine :  to fire a quantity of mixed fuel and air in the cylinders (see cylinder 2b) <the engine wouldn't hit>



hit it big

  1. :  to achieve great success

hit it off

  1. :  to get along well :  become friends <they hit it off immediately>

hit on

  1. :  to make especially sexual overtures to

hit the books

  1. :  to study especially with intensity

hit the fan

  1. :  to have a major usually undesirable impact

hit the ground running

  1. :  to begin or proceed quickly, energetically, or effectively

hit the hay


hit the sack

  1. :  to go to bed

hit the high points


hit the high spots

  1. :  to touch on or at the most important points or places

hit the jackpot

  1. :  to become notably and unexpectedly successful

hit the nail on the head

  1. :  to be exactly right

hit the road

  1. :  leave, travel; also :  to set out

hit the roof


hit the ceiling

  1. :  to give vent to a burst of anger or angry protest

hit the spot

  1. :  to give complete or special satisfaction —used especially of food or drink

hit the wall

  1. 1 :  to reach the point of physical exhaustion during strenuous activity

  2. 2 :  to reach a limiting point or situation at which progress or success ceases

Examples of hit in a sentence

  1. She told her son to stop hitting his sister.

  2. She hit him hard with her purse.

  3. The boxers hit each other with their fists.

  4. The boxers were hitting furiously at each other.

  5. She hit the ball right to the shortstop.

  6. The ball hit the house.

  7. The plate shattered when it hit the floor.

  8. The tank was hit by enemy fire.

  9. He was hit by a car.

  10. The ship hit an iceberg.

Origin and Etymology of hit

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

First Known Use: before 12th century




Definition of hit

  1. 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.>

  2. 2a :  a stroke of luckb :  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. 3 :  a telling or critical remark

  4. 4 baseball :  base hit

  5. 5 :  a quantity of a drug ingested at one time <took a hit of LSD>

  6. 6 :  a premeditated murder committed especially by a member of a crime syndicate (see 1syndicate 3c) <a hit on a rival gang leader>

  7. 7 :  an instance of connecting to a particular website <a million hits per day>

  8. 8 :  a successful match in a search (as of a computer database or the Internet)


play \ˈhit-ləs\ adjective

Examples of hit in a sentence

  1. The player was penalized for an illegal hit from behind.

  2. The torpedo made a direct hit.

  3. The pony ride was a big hit at the party.

Origin and Etymology of hit

see 1hit

First Known Use: 15th century

HIT Defined for English Language Learners



verb \ˈhit\

Definition of hit for English Language Learners

  • : 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




Definition of hit for English Language Learners

  • : an act of hitting someone or something

  • : something that is very successful

  • : someone or something that is liked by someone very much

HIT Defined for Kids



verb \ˈhit\

Definition of hit for Students



  1. 1 :  to strike or be struck by (someone or something) forcefully

  2. 2 :  to cause or allow (something) to come into contact with something <He hit his head on the door.>

  3. 3 :  to affect or be affected by in a harmful or damaging way <He was hit hard by the loss.>

  4. 4 :  occur 1 <The storm hit without warning.>

  5. 5 :  to come upon by chance <She hit upon the right answer.>

  6. 6 :  to arrive at <Prices hit a new high.>






Definition of hit for Students

  1. 1 :  a blow striking an object aimed at <Bombers scored a direct hit.>

  2. 2 :  something very successful <The show is a hit.>

  3. 3 :  a batted baseball that enables the batter to reach base safely

  4. 4 :  a match in a computer search <The search produced over a thousand hits.>

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