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

In the first round, the Magic won the series opener against the Toronto Raptors as D.J. Augustin hit a 3-pointer with 3.4 seconds left. Roy Parry, orlandosentinel.com, "Magic select Auburn forward Chuma Okeke with No. 16 pick of NBA draft," 21 June 2019 The San Antonio Express-News reported last year that Vysk been hit with hundreds of thousands of dollars in court judgments and had amassed more than $2.2 million in delinquent payroll taxes. Patrick Danner, ExpressNews.com, "Loss of patents marks latest woes for San Antonio tech startup," 21 June 2019 The statewide median home price reached another new all-time high in May, hitting $611,190. Rose Meily, The Mercury News, "Real deal: May home sales rise, median price hits another high," 21 June 2019 Nguyen is an unabashed and enthusiastic lover of supermarkets, and her recipes evolve once new ingredients hit the mass market. SFChronicle.com, "Our favorite cookbooks of 2019, so far," 21 June 2019 In the eurozone, the PMI for the services sector rose to 53.4 from 52.9 in May, hitting a seven-month high as low unemployment rates and accelerating wages helped support consumer spending. Austen Hufford, WSJ, "Faltering Factories Cast a Dark Cloud Over Global Economy," 21 June 2019 Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire challenged, and replays showed the ball hit the yellow line atop the fence. Detroit Free Press, "Joe Jimenez, Detroit Tigers bullpen falter in 7-6 loss to Indians," 21 June 2019 Apple is still hoping for a resolution between the U.S. and China that would avert a 25 percent tariff hitting the iPhone and all its other major products. Johnson Lai, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Foxconn chairman Terry Gou stepping down amid talks of political bid," 21 June 2019 That means the cut would disproportionately hit people going from India to the U.S. for work. David Meyer, Fortune, "Indian Workers on H-1B Visas Could Be Casualties of a U.S. Trade Spat," 21 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

After not scoring in the first, Coldwater benefited from errors, walks and a couple of hits for five runs in the second, chasing starter Evan Webb. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "Roger Bacon baseball's fielding woes lead to loss to Coldwater in Ohio state semifinal," 8 June 2019 Indeed, unions have taken a financial hit after Janus. oregonlive.com, "Pro-public employee union bill sails through the Oregon Senate," 7 June 2019 Barbashev is the second Blues player to be punished by the league during the Final, after center Oskar Sundqvist was suspended for Game 3 as the result of a hit that left Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk with a concussion. Helene Elliott, latimes.com, "Stanley Cup Final: Blues’ Ivan Barbashev suspended for Game 6," 7 June 2019 The store will feature reinventions of approximately 20 of Off-White’s greatest hits adapted exclusively for the MCA. David Syrek, chicagotribune.com, "Virgil Abloh is taking over Chicago this summer — and he designed a Nike sneaker just for us," 6 June 2019 According to authorities, Aryan Brotherhood members plotted nine murders around the state prison system, and carried out five of the hits at correctional facilities throughout the state. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, "Feds announce massive California bust of notorious Aryan Brotherhood prison gang," 6 June 2019 Now, the Boston Bruins left winger, who’s scored eight goals during the Stanley Cup Playoffs along with delivering a fair amount of hits — some fair, some not — can add one more descriptor to a growing list: Draymond Green. Andy Kostka, USA TODAY, "Charles Barkley doubles down on Marchand-Draymond Green comparison: You want to punch them in face," 5 June 2019 Cooper matched a career high with four of Miami's 19 hits as the Marlins got their 12th win in 17 games. Jay Cohen, sun-sentinel.com, "Marlins score franchise-record 11 runs in fifth inning in rout of Brewers; win third straight," 5 June 2019 Less than a year after Instagram launched in 2010 and became one of the biggest breakout hits of the early era of smartphone apps, Facebook was reported to be working on photo filters to take on the service. Seth Fiegerman, CNN, "Tech's antitrust problem has been out in the open for years," 5 June 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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