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 uphit 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 uponhit 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 Second baseman Kody Clemens, who hit .238 with 42 extra-base hits in 115 games in Class A Lakeland, was considered an option. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Here's why Spencer Torkelson isn't on the Detroit Tigers' 60-man player list — yet," 28 June 2020 One man was hospitalized this month after he got hit in the head as protesters tore down a Confederate monument in Portsmouth, Virginia. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, "'It'll go faster': New York professor shares tip on how to tear down statues," 27 June 2020 An unidentified medic on a livestream said the person may have been hit directly in the head with a stun grenade. oregonlive, "30th night of Portland protests ends in dispersal orders, munitions and use of force by police," 27 June 2020 Michaela Coel’s new television series, I May Destroy You, contains a scene in its first episode that hit me and many other writers like an arrow to the heart. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "I May Destroy You Is About So Much More Than Rape," 26 June 2020 Terry Lee Smith, 58, was working in a construction zone at around 1.30 a.m. when a 2004 Toyota Camry being driven by 18-year-old Nickolas Lamont Cooper of Chickasaw hit him, according to Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. Christopher Harress | Charress@al.com, al, "Mobile pedestrian killed after stepping out into I-65 traffic," 25 June 2020 The two-time NFL rushing champion said the coronavirus did not hit him hard in terms of symptoms. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Former Ohio State football star Ezekiel Elliott feeling ‘normal’ after COVID-19 diagnosis," 24 June 2020 While denial that the disease could hit us plays a part in some of these decisions, even people who acknowledge the danger of contracting the coronavirus keep risking social interactions. Rebecca Renner, National Geographic, "Why some people can't resist crowds despite the pandemic," 24 June 2020 But what hit me like a gut punch were the pronouns. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Global markets turn choppy as investors weigh the threat of a second wave," 22 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Much of the sector went into 2020 with analysts already concerned over sky-high debt levels, unprofitable wells, and waning productivity—and the hit to demand to oil and gas due to lockdowns only pushed many of those businesses over the edge. Katherine Dunn, Fortune, "The company that transformed the oil and gas industry through fracking files for bankruptcy," 29 June 2020 The overall regional hit to tourism, calculates the committee, was a whopping €1.3bn ($1.5bn). The Economist, "Empty palaces Why the French Riviera is full of ghost yachts," 27 June 2020 The departure of Unilever, one of the world's largest advertisers, played a big role in the hit. Tim O'donnell, TheWeek, "10 things you need to know today: June 27, 2020," 27 June 2020 Abbott vacillated on imposing statewide stay-at-home orders, letting mayors and county judges take the political hit for doing the medically responsible thing. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Garcia: Abbott put politics before science, and Texas is paying the price," 26 June 2020 Schlesinger said the financial hit to the organization necessitated furloughing some members of the business operation. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "As Brewers join number of teams with positive tests, major challenge for MLB remains COVID-19," 26 June 2020 The schools that will see the biggest hit to its programs are Mesa (15 teams), Glendale (12 teams) and Paradise Valley (12 teams). Jack Williams, The Arizona Republic, "Maricopa junior colleges recommended to cancel 2020-21 athletic seasons for all sports," 25 June 2020 But many states in the region have canceled these events this year to help stop the spread of the coronavirus despite the economic hit. Fox News, "Midwest businesses worry how they will survive a summer without state fairs this year," 25 June 2020 But, after decades of singing along to the hit, there’s a history behind the song that many did not know — including Lucas’ daughter herself. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "Here’s The Hidden History Behind This Famous Stephanie Mills Song," 22 June 2020

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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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2 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hit. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for hit

hit

verb
How to pronounce hit (audio)

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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