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hitch

verb \ ˈhich \

Definition of hitch

transitive verb
1 :to move by jerks or with a tug
  • hitching his chair closer to the table
2 a :to catch or fasten by or as if by a hook or knot
  • hitched his horse to the fence post
b (1) :to connect (a vehicle or implement) with a source of motive power
  • hitch a rake to a tractor
(2) :to attach (a source of motive power) to a vehicle or instrument
  • hitch the horses to the wagon
c :to join in marriage
  • got hitched
3 :hitchhike
  • hitched a ride into town
intransitive verb
1 :to move with halts and jerks :hobble
  • hitched along on her cane
2 a :to become entangled, made fast, or linked
b :to become joined in marriage
3 :hitchhike
  • hitched back home

hitcher

noun

Examples of hitch in a Sentence

  1. hitch a trailer to a car

  2. He hitched across the country last summer.

  3. He hitched his way across the country last summer.

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Origin and Etymology of hitch

Middle English hytchen


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hitch

noun

Definition of hitch

1 :limp
  • had a hitch in his step
2 :a sudden movement or pull :jerk
  • gave his trousers a hitch
3 a :a sudden halt :stoppage
  • a hitch in the performance
b :a usually unforeseen difficulty or obstacle
  • the plan went off without a hitch
4 :the act or fact of catching hold
5 :a connection between a vehicle or implement and a detachable source of power (such as a tractor or horse)
  • attached a trailer hitch to his pickup
6 :a delimited period especially of military service
  • serving a four-year hitch in the navy
7 :any of various knots used to form a temporary noose in a line or to secure a line temporarily to an object
8 :lift 5b
  • catching a hitch into town

Examples of hitch in a Sentence

  1. The plan went off without a hitch.

  2. He went back to college after doing his hitch in the army.

  3. a seven-year hitch at the newspaper

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Origin and Etymology of hitch

see 1hitch



HITCH Defined for English Language Learners

hitch

verb

Definition of hitch for English Language Learners

  • : to attach, fasten, or connect (something) with a hook, knot, etc.


hitch

noun

Definition of hitch for English Language Learners

  • : a hidden problem that makes something more complicated or difficult to do

  • : a device that is used to connect one thing (such as a plow or trailer) to another (such as a tractor, car, or animal)

  • : a period of service in the military, at a job, etc.


HITCH Defined for Kids

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hitch

verb \ ˈhich \

Definition of hitch for Students

hitched; hitching
1 :to fasten by or as if by a hook or knot
  • Hitch the horses to the wagon.
3 :to pull or lift (something) with a quick movement

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hitch

noun

Definition of hitch for Students

1 :an unexpected stop or problem
  • Even their opening performance in Seattle went off without a hitch
  • —Richard and Florence Atwater, Mr. Popper's Penguins
2 :a jerky movement or pull
  • He gave his pants a hitch.
3 :a knot used for a temporary fastening


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