hit

verb
\ ˈhit How to pronounce hit (audio) \
hit; hitting

Essential Meaning of hit

1 : to move your hand, a bat, etc., quickly so that it touches someone or something in a forceful or violent way She told her son to stop hitting his sister. She hit him hard with her purse. See More ExamplesHe hit the fence with a stick. = He hit a stick against/on the fence. The boxers hit each other with their fists. The boxers were hitting furiously at each other.Hide
2 : to cause (something, such as a ball) to move by hitting it forcefully with a bat, racket, etc. He hit a fastball (over the fence) for a home run. She hit the ball right to the shortstop.
3 : to touch (something or someone) in a forceful or violent way after moving at a high speed The ball hit the house. The plate shattered when it hit the floor. See More ExamplesThe tank was hit by enemy fire. He was hit by a car. The ship hit an iceberg. The plate shattered when it hit.Hide

Full 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 hit (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 Crusaders are 2-0 against Northeast Ohio powers, as Noah Geselbracht hit Tennel Bryant on the second play of Saturday’s overtime with a 20-yard touchdown pass. Matt Goul, cleveland, 17 Oct. 2021 After Nick Markakis hit a hard ground ball at him, Turner threw home to get Swanson, the Braves’ lead baserunner, caught in a rundown along the third-base line. Los Angeles Times, 16 Oct. 2021 Johnsson, who missed the net on a first-period breakaway, poked a loose in the crease into the net after rookie Dawson Mercer hit the goalpost. Tom Canavan, ajc, 16 Oct. 2021 Starting Wednesday night, local weather took a turn for the worse as the former Hurricane Pamela hit San Antonio. Caroline Tien, San Antonio Express-News, 16 Oct. 2021 Bowser is particularly optimistic about female founders, even as job losses hit women harder during the pandemic. Anne Sraders, Fortune, 15 Oct. 2021 There may be a reprieve in bedtime battles and parental insecurity for a short time until kids hit puberty. Michelle Icard, CNN, 15 Oct. 2021 The national average is 13,439 cases per 100,000 people, although the rates in states hard hit early in the pandemic may be an undercount because of a lack of available testing in March and April 2020. Alison Steinbach, The Arizona Republic, 15 Oct. 2021 The residential home market has been sizzling since the pandemic hit, but now rents are rising as well. BostonGlobe.com, 14 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the sixth, Mookie Betts recorded his third hit of the night and stole second. Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 Oct. 2021 Their first hit came off the bat of the 41-year-old Pujols, whose bloop single to right led off the third in his 75th career postseason game. Beth Harris, ajc, 12 Oct. 2021 His timely hit was later supported by sparkling defensive plays by Trea Turner (diving!) and Mookie Betts (throwing!). Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 9 Oct. 2021 The Sox added three more in the ninth, Hernández delivering a two-RBI single for his fifth hit. BostonGlobe.com, 9 Oct. 2021 Judge, a three-time All-Star, set up the date with his first career game-ending hit. New York Times, 3 Oct. 2021 Soulja Boy released his viral hit before viral hits were really a thing. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, 28 Sep. 2021 Chloe Bailey, dressed in a stunning glittery gown, belted her viral hit for the crowd, complete with sultry dance moves and wildly impressive vocal runs. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 26 Sep. 2021 His hit — a two-out, two-run single against reliever Bryan Shaw in the sixth — gave the Sox a 2-1 lead. Lamond Pope, chicagotribune.com, 26 Sep. 2021

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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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The first known use of hit was before the 12th century

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hit

hit-and-miss

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19 Oct 2021

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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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