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.
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.
Full Definition of hit
(Entry 1 of 2)
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
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
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 bighit it offhit onhit the bookshit the fanhit the ground runninghit the hay or hit the sackhit the high points or hit the high spotshit the jackpothit the nail on the headhit the road hit the roof or hit the ceilinghit the spothit the wall
: to achieve great success
: to get along well : become friends they hit it off immediately
: to make especially sexual overtures to
: to study especially with intensity
: to have a major usually undesirable impact
: to begin or proceed quickly, energetically, or effectively
: to go to bed
: to touch on or at the most important points or places
: to become notably and unexpectedly successful
: to be exactly right
: to give vent to a burst of anger or angry protest
: to give complete or special satisfaction —used especially of food or drink
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
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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