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 But that’s a far cry from the the hurricane-force gale with gusts up to 99 mph that hit the area on Tuesday. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah’s winds are dying down, but 110,000 still don’t have power," 9 Sep. 2020 Mexico City’s other dance halls face similar dire circumstances amid a pandemic that has hit Mexico particularly hard, with the world’s fourth-highest total confirmed COVID-19 death toll. Dallas News, "Coronavirus shutdown threatens Mexico City’s storied dance halls," 9 Sep. 2020 Smoak has 196 career homers but never hit for average, hitting above .250 once in 11 years. John Shea, SFChronicle.com, "Giants sign Justin Smoak, take chance on power bat," 9 Sep. 2020 The rout continued from there, as Gyorko led off the third with a homer to right and Nottingham hit a two-run shot to left-center in the fourth after Taylor opened the inning by reaching on an infield single. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 19, Tigers 0: Complete and total domination," 9 Sep. 2020 The federal government adopted deposit insurance after the banking panic of the Great Depression hit thousands of banks, mostly small ones. Steve H. Hanke, National Review, "Why the Knives Are Out for Trump’s Fed Critic Judy Shelton," 9 Sep. 2020 The state currently pays for that testing, which could cost up to $800 a week, but funding could go away next year, as oil prices have hit record lows, and the pandemic added financial pressure on the economy. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Eviction problems, student pushback, coastal rental boom: News from around our 50 states," 9 Sep. 2020 While bush snap beans can be planted through September, the rest of the crops need to be planted immediately to give them time to produce before freezes hit. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "Fall is coming: Prep now for the veggie garden with a mix of transitional and cool-season plants," 9 Sep. 2020 The new fleet, which will hit the streets gradually with 500 bikes on Wednesday and expand over coming weeks to 1,500 bikes, brings a comfortable and powerful commuting and joy-riding tool to Portland. oregonlive, "The Biketown e-bikes are here: Will Portland return to ‘normal’ in time to enjoy them? (review)," 9 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Their rise comes after the polling industry took a reputational hit following the 2016 election, when national surveys predicted the popular vote fairly accurately but polls in several key battleground states underestimated Mr. Trump’s support. Emily Glazer, WSJ, "Election 2020 Polls: Startups Pitch Themselves as Alternatives," 10 Sep. 2020 Several of the museum’s windows and a door along Field Street were shattered, and the plaza doors at its main entrance also took a hit. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, "Perot Museum of Nature and Science reopens this weekend," 9 Sep. 2020 But UW System schools took a major financial hit after shutting down this spring and system President Tommy Thompson insisted on opening campuses this fall despite the warning signs. Todd Richmond, Star Tribune, "Dane County exec tells UW-Madison to close dorms," 9 Sep. 2020 Plans for the safety position took a hit this training camp when rookie Grant Delpit went down with a ruptured Achilles. Dan Labbe, cleveland, "Browns trade for Ronnie Harrison a low-risk move worth making," 4 Sep. 2020 The 57-year-old's reputation, both personal and sporting, took quite a hit during his time as Manchester United manager, which ended somewhat acrimoniously. Matias Grez, CNN, "Jose Mourinho is the star of the show in new behind the scenes documentary at Tottenham," 2 Sep. 2020 Albeit, good fortune in tourism took another hit in 2020 with the emergence of the coronavirus. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, "Hurricane Dorian destructive force still an enigma 1 year later," 1 Sep. 2020 But Davis hasn’t practiced since sustaining a calf injury on Aug. 20, and Denver’s depth at the position took a hit when fifth-round draft choice Justin Strnad suffered a season-ending wrist injury at training camp. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Mark Barron returning to the NFL," 30 Aug. 2020 In Lake Charles, which took a direct hit, skyscrapers were without glass, while pieces of sheet metal and roofing were seen throughout city streets. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Hurricane Laura brings tornado threat after Louisiana landfall, Lake Charles 'severely damaged'," 27 Aug. 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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Last Updated

12 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hit. Accessed 20 Sep. 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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