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 long-running comedy hit returns for its eleventh and final season. oregonlive, "Fall TV 2019: Premiere dates for new shows and returning favorites," 31 Aug. 2019 Stat sheet: West Forsyth quarterback Blake Whitfield had a solid night, hitting 18-of-32 passes for 187 yards, as 100 yards went to Casey Cowart, who caught a 29-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter. Al.com Reports, al, "Hewitt-Trussville wins with back-up QB, big night from Auburn commit," 31 Aug. 2019 When the Owls were crossed up in Ohio State’s double-tight-end routes over the middle, Fields hit Jeremy Ruckert for a 25-yard touchdown. Nathan Baird, cleveland.com, "Ohio State must build on defensive start from 45-21 victory over Florida Atlantic," 31 Aug. 2019 The winger hit the post moments earlier, but was able to take his second chance. SI.com, "West Ham 2-0 Norwich: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Dominant Hammers Claim Victory," 31 Aug. 2019 However, Recktenwald was hit and Fern Creek was flagged for roughing the passer, giving Manual first and 10 from the Tiger 48. Nate Bryan, The Courier-Journal, "Manual football rallies late in the fourth quarter to beat Fern Creek," 31 Aug. 2019 The Frenchman's car was hit at high speed by Juan-Manuel Correa's at Spa-Francorchamps. Matias Grez, CNN, "Formula 2 driver Anthoine Hubert killed in crash at Belgian Grand Prix," 31 Aug. 2019 Luck hit Jack Doyle for the 10-yard go-ahead score, and Marlon Mack rushed for two TDs. Indystar Sports, Indianapolis Star, "Defining moments in Andrew Luck's career as a Colt and his life as a Hoosier," 31 Aug. 2019 Along with Jenner, 23, and Ratajowski, 28, musicians Migos, Pusha T, Blink-182, and Lil Yachty were hit with the lawsuit on Wednesday — which has been obtained by PEOPLE — in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York by trustee Gregory Messer. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "Kendall Jenner, Emily Ratajkowski Among Celebrities Sued for Fyre Festival Payments," 30 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The hits of Lorde and Beyoncé and Talking Heads strut in unpredictably. Kyle Smith, National Review, "The Hottest New Show on Broadway Is . . .," 30 Aug. 2019 Negron was subsequently jailed after Mambrino learned he had been arrested for drunken driving while out on bail for the hit and run. David Owens, courant.com, "Hartford man sentenced to four years for fatal hit and run, injuring woman in drunken driving crash," 30 Aug. 2019 Both are characters in the hit TV series Peaky Blinders, set in Birmingham, England in the 1920s. Adam Rasmi, Quartz, "More babies named Boris were born last year in the UK, new data show," 29 Aug. 2019 There are still plenty of popular Springsteen songs the film doesn’t use that new fans can discover, while Rocketman and Yesterday really emphasize the biggest hits of Elton John and the Beatles. Marcus Jones, EW.com, "Blinded by the Light," 29 Aug. 2019 When President Donald Trump levied tariffs on China that scrambled global markets, farmer Randy Miller was willing to absorb the financial hit. CBS News, "Farmers' loyalty to Trump tested over administration's new corn-ethanol rules," 29 Aug. 2019 The Dodgers’ fourth run crossed the plate in the eighth when Seager doubled and scored on Hernandez’s single to right, where Hunter Renfroe gathered it in time to throw him out trying to stretch the hit into a double. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Urias’ throwing error sours bullpen game in Padres’ 10th-inning loss," 28 Aug. 2019 Gifford retired afterward, so damaging was the hit and so lengthy the recuperation period. The Si Staff, SI.com, "100 Figures Who Shaped the NFL’s First Century," 28 Aug. 2019 The blind-side hit from Lemieux broke Draper’s nose, jaw and cheekbone, and caused a concussion and nerve damage. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "As he joins the pot business, memorable moments from Red Wing Darren McCarty's career," 26 Aug. 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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