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

The pair spoke after a swarm of explosive drones hit key oil-industry targets in Saudi Arabia. Nadeem Hamid And Jordan Fabian / Bloomberg, Time, "President Trump Offers Support for Saudi Self-Defense in Call With Prince Mohammed Bin Salman," 14 Sep. 2019 Before the storm hit, the Bahamas had 32,000 people who were self-employed. Washington Post, "Thousands in Bahamas struggle to find work after Dorian," 14 Sep. 2019 Less than two weeks after Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas, another storm is headed that way. Joe Murphy, NBC News, "Map: Track potential Tropical Cyclone Nine over the Bahamas," 13 Sep. 2019 Just one week before the Downton Abbey film hits theaters, Town & Country has your first look at a scene from the upcoming movie, where Violet's wit is on full display. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "This Exclusive Clip of the Downton Abbey Film Proves the Dowager Countess Hasn't Lost Her Wit," 13 Sep. 2019 Wood, along with fellow firefighter Battalion Chief Matt Nilsen, spoke to reporters Wednesday about their experiences as part of search-and-rescue efforts after two planes hit the World Trade Center towers in New York on Sept. 11, 2001. San Diego Union-Tribune, "‘Muted determination': San Diego firefighters recall 9/11 response," 11 Sep. 2019 Turnout in an off-year was a worry for both campaigns, especially after Hurricane Dorian hit the state in early August and caused the state board of elections to close early voting locations and extend them into the weekend. Aaron Navarro, CBS News, "Republican Dan Bishop wins North Carolina 9th Congressional District special election," 11 Sep. 2019 The country saw more than 300,000 deaths after Cyclone Bhola hit in 1970. Scientific American, "Benefits of Adaptation Measures Outweigh the Costs, Report Says," 10 Sep. 2019 After a year filled with highs for the stars of Alaskan Bush People, one member of the famous cast and family has hit a low: Bear Brown and his fiancée appear to have broken up. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Did Alaskan Bush People's Bear Brown and Raiven Adams Call Off Their Engagement?," 10 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The 44-year-old was among the most dynamic players in baseball during his career, amassing 696 home runs and 3,115 hits across 22 seasons. Los Angeles Times, "Hot Property: Alicia Keys gets into the La Jolla state of mind," 14 Sep. 2019 After making his interception, Brenton took a big hit along the Katella sideline at the end of a 22-yard return. Andrew Turner, Daily Pilot, "Marina football uses six defensive turnovers to upset Katella," 13 Sep. 2019 He’s shown the willingness to stand in there and take hits to get a throw off. Stephen Means, cleveland.com, "How Austin Mack has adjusted to playing with Ohio State football’s starting quarterback Justin Fields," 12 Sep. 2019 But a phone which lacks basic functions is unlikely to be a hit. The Economist, "Ren Zhengfei may sell Huawei’s 5G technology to a Western buyer," 11 Sep. 2019 The right-hander was impressive, allowing only two runs and four hits over five innings in a 2-0 loss to St. Louis. Phil Jensen, The Mercury News, "Bay Area Preps HQ: Next Level," 10 Sep. 2019 Investor confidence has taken a hit, as the trade war between the US and China causes global markets to gyrate. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "Small-business owners have no fear of a US recession, according to one online lender," 10 Sep. 2019 The series was a hit, Coffman said, and she’d been hired to do more Pinterest-specific campaigns. Hanna Kozlowska, Quartzy, "Pinfluencers are here to stay," 10 Sep. 2019 Lambert allowed one run and five hits in five innings. Bernie Wilson, The Denver Post, "Wil Myers’ walk-off single lifts Padres to 10th inning win over Rockies," 8 Sep. 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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