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 Bashaud Breeland appeared to make a diving interception, but replay review showed the ball hitting the ground. Barry Wilner, Houston Chronicle, "Patrick Mahomes lifts Chiefs over Titans and into Super Bowl," 19 Jan. 2020 Universal surely hopes its version, Dolittle, out Jan. 17, has a connection more like the 1998 Eddie Murphy comedy hit Dr. Dolittle than the 1967 Rex Harrison musical bomb Doctor Dolittle. Bill Higgins, The Hollywood Reporter, "Hollywood Flashback: Original 'Dolittle' Bombed So Hard, It Nearly Sank Fox in 1967," 18 Jan. 2020 Diary of a Future President is their latest hit series that is definitely a must-watch for all Disney fans who are looking for something new to watch with their whole family. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Everything We Know About "Diary of a Future President" Season 2," 18 Jan. 2020 Lynch’s playing pedigree — nine Pro Bowls and a Super Bowl title as a hard-hitting safety — gave him authority. Ben Shpigel, New York Times, "A Rival’s Advice Put the 49ers on a Super Bowl Path," 17 Jan. 2020 The Australian singer-songwriter loves to get weird, and the track's hard-hitting alt-pop beat comes from Sophie and Yves Rothman, two of the best in the game. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "First Spin: The Week's Best New Dance Tracks From Jauz, Jai Wolf, MK & More," 17 Jan. 2020 Last year, United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County overhauled its annual giving structure, a change that hit some local nonprofits hard. Lauren Caruba, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio Area Foundation awards $10 million in grants to local nonprofits," 16 Jan. 2020 Trade in soybeans and pork in particular has been hit hard as tensions have escalated between the world's two largest economies. Michelle Toh, CNN, "China just agreed to buy $200 billion worth of US goods," 16 Jan. 2020 Radio markets like Des Moines, Iowa, and Syracuse, N.Y., seemed to be especially hard-hit. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Madison sports-talk host Mike Lucas is one of the hundreds laid off at iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide," 15 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That’s another risk for investors, who have taken a hit from the crisis while dodging a full-fledged meltdown. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "New Boeing CEO faces daunting task," 19 Jan. 2020 Soon after the release of her hit song, Ms. Tanega was part of a nationwide tour with Gene Pitney, Chad & Jeremy, and many other artists. Richard Sandomir, BostonGlobe.com, "Norma Tanega, who sang about a cat named Dog, dies at 80," 18 Jan. 2020 Hall of Fame inducts four The San Antonio Boxing Hall of Fame ceremony was a big hit. John Whisler, ExpressNews.com, "Alamodome card draws 6,324 after sponsor provides late boost," 16 Jan. 2020 The first season of Netflix's hit reality series took the world by storm as viewers turned to the streaming service to find out what happened to the group of strangers who suddenly became family in this crazy game. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Who Won Netflix's "The Circle"?," 15 Jan. 2020 Now, Minnette, who also played Jerry Grant Jr. on Scandal, is best known for playing Clay Jensen on the hit Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. Samantha Highfill, EW.com, "23 actors who were on Supernatural before their big break," 14 Jan. 2020 Earlier on Thursday, FX announced that the hit Ryan Murphy series has been renewed for three more seasons after season 10, continuing the show through at least season 13. Aurelie Corinthios, PEOPLE.com, "Sarah Paulson Returning to American Horror Story as 'Central Character' for Season 10," 10 Jan. 2020 Making his first career playoff start, Wentz lasted two series before exiting with a head injury following a helmet-to-helmet hit from Clowney. oregonlive, "NFL Playoffs 2020: Seattle Seahawks stifle the Philadelphia Eagles in a Wild Card playoff game," 5 Jan. 2020 Comment: The 6-foot-6 shutdown defenseman is a big hit waiting to happen. Mike Chambers, The Denver Post, "Avalanche All-Decade Team: Colorado’s best players from 2010 through 2019," 31 Dec. 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

22 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hit.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hitting%20the%20bottle. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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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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