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hitch

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verb \ˈhich\

Definition of hitch

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to move by jerks or with a tug hitching his chair closer to the table

  3. 2a :  to catch or fasten by or as if by a hook or knot hitched his horse to the fence postb (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 wagonc :  to join in marriage got hitched

  4. 3 :  hitchhike hitched a ride into town

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to move with halts and jerks :  hobble hitched along on her cane

  7. 2a :  to become entangled, made fast, or linkedb :  to become joined in marriage

  8. 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.

Origin and Etymology of hitch

Middle English hytchen


First Known Use: 14th century


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hitch

noun

Definition of hitch

  1. 1 :  limp had a hitch in his step

  2. 2 :  a sudden movement or pull :  jerk gave his trousers a hitch

  3. 3a :  a sudden halt :  stoppage a hitch in the performanceb :  a usually unforeseen difficulty or obstacle the plan went off without a hitch

  4. 4 :  the act or fact of catching hold

  5. 5 :  a connection between a vehicle or implement and a detachable source of power (as a tractor or horse) attached a trailer hitch to his pickup

  6. 6 :  a delimited period especially of military service serving a four-year hitch in the navy

  7. 7 :  any of various knots used to form a temporary noose in a line or to secure a line temporarily to an object

  8. 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

Origin and Etymology of hitch

see 1hitch


First Known Use: 1664



HITCH Defined for English Language Learners

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hitch

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verb \ˈhich\

Definition of hitch for English Language Learners

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


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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

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verb \ˈhich\

Definition of hitch for Students

hitched

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hitching

  1. 1 :  to fasten by or as if by a hook or knot Hitch the horses to the wagon.

  2. 2 :  hitchhike

  3. 3 :  to pull or lift (something) with a quick movement


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hitch

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noun

Definition of hitch for Students

  1. 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. 2 :  a jerky movement or pull He gave his pants a hitch.

  3. 3 :  a knot used for a temporary fastening



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