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 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 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

Jake Marisnick hit ninth and played center field while George Springer shifted to right. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros give slumping Josh Reddick day off against A's," 17 Aug. 2019 Flores hit solos against Tony Watson, who has become eminently whackable. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Giants get six homers — three from Mike Yastrzemski — in crazy 11-inning victory," 17 Aug. 2019 The first blast of water from the hose hit hot metal, unleashing a wall of steam as flames darted toward the ceiling. Author: Richard Read, Anchorage Daily News, "Meet the icebreaker Polar Star, the neglected stepchild of the U.S. military industrial complex," 17 Aug. 2019 But two things are certain: Starting on Sept. 1, products like wireless networking devices, lithium-ion batteries, and Mac computers will be hit with the tariff. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "For Holiday Shoppers Buying Tech, the Best Time to Dodge Tariffs May Be Now… or Never?," 17 Aug. 2019 Overnight airstrikes in the town of Hass hit a gathering of civilians who had escaped the violence further south, killing at least 13, also including children. Washington Post, "Airstrikes on Syrian rebel stronghold kill family of 7," 17 Aug. 2019 More recently, liquidity and solvency crises hit shadow banks, which finance some businesses and many consumer purchases, including cars and motorbikes. The Economist, "India Inc is growing disenchanted with Narendra Modi," 17 Aug. 2019 First baseman Michael Toglia, Colorado’s top draft selection this year, is hitting .248 with nine homers and 26 RBIs. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Rockies prospect update: Infielder Aaron Schunk, closer Jacob Wallace standing out for Boise Hawks," 16 Aug. 2019 Palmer wasn’t the only Oriole to shine that night; Brooks Robinson hit his 193rd career home run as a third baseman, setting a new major-league mark. Chris Kaltenbach, baltimoresun.com, "The Orioles’ Jim Palmer pitched a no-hitter 50 years ago, and he wasn’t about to let Reggie Jackson ruin it," 16 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Since Donald Trump’s election, federal white-collar enforcement has taken a big hit. Jesse Eisinger, ProPublica, "How Trump’s Political Appointees Overruled Tougher Settlements With Big Banks," 4 Aug. 2019 Rookie cornerback Greedy Williams, though, was a big reason why as Williams delivered a hit as the ball arrived. cleveland.com, "How Antonio Callaway looked in Day 8 of Cleveland Browns training camp," 2 Aug. 2019 Recent years have brought similar wins in disputes over hit songs, though usually with big pop stars on both sides. Washington Post, "Jury weighs what Katy Perry owes for hit they say she stole," 1 Aug. 2019 Richard took another loud hit in pass-protection from linebacker Tahir Whitehead. Matt Kawahara, SFChronicle.com, "Raiders practice report: ‘A good competition’ at punter," 1 Aug. 2019 Increasingly, with Republicans in power in the upper chamber, the respect for blue slips has taken a hit. Li Zhou, Vox, "The viral video of Lindsey Graham silencing Senate Democrats, explained," 1 Aug. 2019 Now a major summer event in the U.K., ITV's hit reality show drew to a close on Monday night after 49 episodes. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, "U.K. Finale of Brit Hit Dating Show 'Love Island' Draws 3.6M for ITV," 30 July 2019 The hit show, which had its American premiere at Chicago Shakespeare Theater this spring and plays there through Sunday, will open at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on March 20, it was announced Thursday. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "‘Six,’ the sold-out musical at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, is heading to Broadway," 30 July 2019 The Bravo cameras were said to be rolling as the cast was filming season 12 of the hit reality show. Paula Rogo, Essence, "'Real Housewives of Atlanta' Star Cynthia Bailey Engaged to Sportscaster Mike Hill," 27 July 2019

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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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hit

verb

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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