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 Charleston Police Chief Luther Reynolds said the bodycam video showed Schlieben hitting suspect Rashad Robinson, 27, on July 1, the station reported. Fox News, "South Carolina cop of the year arrested after video shows him hitting handcuffed suspect," 9 Nov. 2019 Senior quarterback Brice Matthews hit wide receiver Landen King for a 25-yard gain. Marcus Gutierrez, Houston Chronicle, "No. 10 Atascocita defeats Humble for district title," 8 Nov. 2019 The Nasdaq hit a record of 8,434.68 on Tuesday, its second record this week. Washington Post, "Stocks edge lower as investors listen for trade deal clues," 8 Nov. 2019 Songwriters are eligible for induction after writing hit songs for at least 20 years. NBC News, "Neptunes, Outkast, REM up for Songwriters Hall of Fame," 7 Nov. 2019 All three major stock indexes could hit fresh record highs on Thursday. Anneken Tappe, CNN, "Stocks are poised for another record-breaking day as China spurs trade hopes," 7 Nov. 2019 Rivers hit Austin Ekeler for a 6-yard score that finished the 8-minute, 5-second march. Steve Kroner, SFChronicle.com, "Chargers’ Philip Rivers ‘just disappointed’ in loss in his final game at Coliseum," 7 Nov. 2019 Bullets hit Martin on the right side of his chest and abdomen, both shoulders, right lower back, both arms, right wrist and left hand. oregonlive, "Grand jury transcript released in Portland police fatal shooting of 31-year-old Lane Christopher Martin," 6 Nov. 2019 Lena’s anguish at being noticed hits home for anyone who has ever felt lonely. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "‘Boesman and Lena’: Uncomfortable? Yes. Compelling? Also, yes | Review," 5 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Sultan of Swat is still a big hit with collectors. Fox News, "Rare Red Sox World Series Championship baseball signed by Babe Ruth goes up for auction," 5 Nov. 2019 The magical island paradise is definitely a big hit with its lush rice paddies, awe-inspiring temples, sandy beaches, and cultural vibes. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "Black Travel Vibes: Relax On The Colorful Shores Of Komodo Island," 29 Oct. 2019 The Nationals had only four hits against Urquidy and five relievers. BostonGlobe.com, "Brantley singled up the middle to load the bases. Bregman than drove a sinker deep into the left field stands for the 20th grand slam in Series history, the first since Addison Russell of the Cubs in Game 6 of the 2016 Series.," 27 Oct. 2019 Dalbec and Taylor Gushue had two hits for Team USA, which is at Arizona on Saturday. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "Bobby Dalbec three-run homer lifts Team USA past ASU baseball," 25 Oct. 2019 But the pilot was a hit, getting ordered for a full season, then another, and earning Steve and Leanne roles on other HGTV shows, like A Very Brady Renovation. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "How Leanne Ford Dealt with Rejection and Found HGTV Fame," 25 Oct. 2019 Even those who had hits at a young age had bigger ones later in life. Wired, "Who Are the Most Successful Entrepreneurs? The Middle-Aged," 22 Oct. 2019 The blue jersey with blue pants combo seems to be a hit with Colts fans. Akeem Glaspie, Indianapolis Star, "Colts will wear all-blue Color Rush jerseys against Broncos," 22 Oct. 2019 After moving from Uruguayan side Club Deportivo Maldonado for £5m in 2016, Jose has been a huge hit for Sociedad, with 49 goals and 13 assists in 117 games for the club. SI.com, "Willian Jose Reveals He Is Interested in Premier League Move Despite Previously Rejecting Newcastle," 22 Oct. 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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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 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Hit.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hits%20the%20ceiling. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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