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 The Seahawks failed record a sack or register a quarterback hit on Cardinals' Kyler Murray, who attempted 48 passes during their 37-34 loss to the Cardinals Sunday night. oregonlive, "Should the Seattle Seahawks try to acquire Everson Griffen?," 27 Oct. 2020 The report said that some protesters were seen throwing various objects and several officers were injured after being hit. Fox News, "Violent clashes break out in Philadelphia after police fatally shoot man with knife: report," 27 Oct. 2020 May graduates also missed their in-person ceremony mere months after the coronavirus hit Kentucky. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "University of Kentucky cancels in-person December commencement, will have virtual event," 27 Oct. 2020 Before the covid-19 pandemic hit, there were only 1,900 African American men aged 100 and over in the entire country, according to a report released last year by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Courtland Milloy, Washington Post, "Wisdom of the elders comes with an eye toward improving the future," 27 Oct. 2020 Williams caught a pass across the middle and then absorbed a helmet-to-helmet hit at the end of his 17-yard gain. Steve Megargee, Star Tribune, "Packers RB Williams forming quality tandem with Jones," 27 Oct. 2020 Like in El Paso, Texas, new cases of COVID-19 are surging in Chihuahua state with the epicenter in Juárez, which hit 1,100 deaths over the weekend, state public health officials said. Jessica Flores, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus updates: New Jersey's largest city sets curfew starting Tuesday; Los Angeles County reaches 300K cases; Dow drops 650 points," 27 Oct. 2020 The Masters said six-time champion Jack Nicklaus and three-time champion Gary Player will hit the ceremonial first tee shot. Doug Ferguson, chicagotribune.com, "The latest change to an already altered 2020 Masters? The Par 3 Contest is out and ESPN’s ‘College GameDay’ is in.," 27 Oct. 2020 Bloomberg estimates that the 56-year-old's fortune will soon hit $71.1 billion, positioning him as the 11th wealthiest person in the world. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Oil companies aren't out of the woods yet," 27 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Walker's shot hit and wounded an officer, according to Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, something Walker's attorney denies. Sonia Moghe, CNN, "Inside Breonna Taylor's home, and why police honed in on it," 11 Oct. 2020 Corporate sales count shenanigans aside, the new 2021 no-adjective Rogue is primed to be a hit, one of the bestselling compact SUVs in the country. Dallas News, "Nissan Rogue’s 2021 version throws down a challenge to rivals RAV4 and CR-V," 10 Oct. 2020 Shopping – and buying – can give some people a dopamine hit, similar to gambling or addictive behavior. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Spouse’s spending creates a debt trap," 8 Oct. 2020 Shopping – and buying – can give some people a dopamine hit, similar to gambling or addictive behavior. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Wife’s overspending, pile of packages, has husband seeking answers," 8 Oct. 2020 Shopping — and buying — can give some people a dopamine hit, similar to gambling or addictive behavior. Amy Dickinson, Star Tribune, "Ask Amy: Spouse's spending creates a debt trap," 7 Oct. 2020 Later, Loy hears about this hit, as well as the attempt on Lemuel’s life. Nick Schager, EW.com, "Fargo recap: The first shots of war," 5 Oct. 2020 Twilight hit theaters in 2008, just in time for the financial crisis. Emma Grey Ellis, Wired, "Vampires vs. the Bronx Is a Kids' Movie About Class Warfare," 2 Oct. 2020 As a result, her mental health took a hit and Catherine, who did not want to disclose her last name due to privacy concerns, went through a relapse. NBC News, "'Untethered,' 'claustrophobic,' and 'stressed': How COVID-19 is taking a harsh mental toll on young adults," 29 Sep. 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

30 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hit. Accessed 30 Oct. 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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