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 New figures also suggest that police are hard-hit by the outbreak. NBC News, "U.S. coronavirus death toll surpasses 2,000," 30 Mar. 2020 This week the National Guard was activated in states that have been hardest hit by the virus, which has caused havoc across the country and shuttered much of daily life. Fox News, "Tennessee vet gives back during coronavirus pandemic," 29 Mar. 2020 Duke Energy in Southern Indiana wasn't hit as hard. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Hundreds without power following thunderstorms in Louisville," 29 Mar. 2020 Detroit has been especially hard hit by the coronavirus. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "TCF Center will house 900 beds as it converts to a field hospital amid coronavirus crisis," 29 Mar. 2020 Louisiana, where New Orleans has been hard hit by the virus, had more than 3,300 cases and 137 deaths. Gary Dinges, USA TODAY, "American, Delta plan additional flight cuts for May amid coronavirus pandemic," 29 Mar. 2020 Authorities in Italy, which has been badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic, approved new clinical trials to study favipiravir as a COVID-19 treatment on March 22. Naomi Xu Elegant, Fortune, "Fujifilm antiviral drug emerges as a promising underdog in the coronavirus treatment race," 28 Mar. 2020 New York City is particularly hard hit by the coronavirus, with 30,000 cases reported as of March 26. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "A Look Inside the Navy Hospital Ships Fighting COVID-19," 27 Mar. 2020 Restaurants and their staffs have been hit especially hard by the closure orders, which prohibit dining in, and some have tried to get creative to keep revenue flowing. Chase Difeliciantonio, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area businesses push boundaries of stay-at-home orders," 27 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Garmin’s business took an almost immediate hit, and its problems were exacerbated by the financial crisis. Danielle Abril, Fortune, "How early GPS gadget maker Garmin mapped out success against the likes of Apple and Google," 16 Mar. 2020 The most recent hit to travel demand: restaurants, bars and retailers and attractions, major draws for visitors in addition to locals, are temporarily closing. Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY, "Are restrictions on travel within the United States coming soon?," 16 Mar. 2020 Even if the samples pass clinical tests without a hit, production of a usable coronavirus vaccine will probably take 12 to 18 months. Briana Rice, Cincinnati.com, "Coronavirus: How did it start, what are the symptoms and how to get tested," 13 Mar. 2020 This tale of two hapless brothers on the run after a mob boss orders a hit on them, with a possibly psychopathic 14-year-old girl in tow, has some engaging moments. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Clover': Film Review," 11 Mar. 2020 Oil stocks have taken a deep hit in recent years as investors worry about climate concerns and the potential of peak demand—when oil demand flatlines—in the coming decades. Justin Worland, Time, "Answers to Six Key Questions About the Oil Price Collapse," 11 Mar. 2020 The Bank of England also noted the hit to financial markets in recent days, with stocks and commodities falling sharply and government bond yields reaching record lows. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Bank of England slashes interest rates in emergency move," 11 Mar. 2020 Went seven innings giving up no runs, five hits, two walks and striking out eight in a win. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Vote for Week 2 Arizona high school baseball top performers: March 2-6," 9 Mar. 2020 The song has since become a global hit, with late night television show host John Oliver dancing along to it in a recent episode of his HBO show. Mary Hui, Quartz, "Countries around the world are using catchy songs to fight the coronavirus," 9 Mar. 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

1 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hit. Accessed 1 Apr. 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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