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 big-screen adaption of the TV show hits theaters on Friday, and just weeks later, the PBS drama’s iconic filming location will be available to rent on Airbnb for one night only. Hanna Flanagan, PEOPLE.com, "Live Like a Crawley! You Can Now Book the Downton Abbey Castle on Airbnb," 17 Sep. 2019 The Devil Wears Prada film proved to be a breakout hit for star Anne Hathaway, and also earned Meryl Streep another Oscar nomination for her iconic work as Miranda Priestly. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "The Devil Wears Prada musical to premiere in Chicago before Broadway run," 17 Sep. 2019 And the Cubs love hitting in the Friendly Confines (.825 OPS at home in second half). Skip Snow, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Cincinnati Reds at Chicago Cubs odds, picks and best bets," 16 Sep. 2019 That is a particular imperative for Senator Elizabeth Warren, who has climbed steadily in the polls, but whose numbers with black voters, depending on the survey, barely hit double digits — and sometimes fall below. Katie Glueck, New York Times, "Biden Has Deep Connection to Black Voters. Will It Translate Into Votes?," 15 Sep. 2019 During a 13-12 win Sunday over the Jacksonville Jaguars, the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year recorded two tackles with one quarterback hit and a key fumble recovery. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Texans' J.J. Watt has resurgent game, puzzled by lack of holding calls," 15 Sep. 2019 Officially, the Lions were credited with four quarterback hits, and two of those came on one play, when Romeo Okwara and A’Shawn Robinson split a first-quarter sack. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Inside Detroit Lions football: Find out what is wrong with the defensive line," 15 Sep. 2019 The newsrooms with specialists covering the subject have stood out because so many other outlets' coverage has been hit-and-miss. Brian Stelter, CNN, "Why you're seeing so much news coverage of the climate crisis this month," 15 Sep. 2019 Just to stay in the moment there, stay calm, get a pitch to hit and do something with it, absolutely incredible. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 7, Cardinals 6: Ryan Braun stuns St. Louis with two-out grand slam in ninth inning," 15 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Rhett is one of country’s most consistent hit-makers in recent years with 13 No. Washington Post, "Kane Brown, Luke Combs among CMT Artists of the Year," 17 Sep. 2019 Flores was hit on the shoulder while Rojas and Lamb were both hit on a foot by breaking balls. David Brandt, sun-sentinel.com, "Marlins score five runs in top of seventh to take lead, but give up four in bottom of inning to fall to Diamondbacks," 17 Sep. 2019 He's recorded hits in seven of his last eight games, and scored 11 runs in that span. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "Gerrit Cole Gives the Astros a Scary-Good Look for October," 17 Sep. 2019 Flowers made one tackle and registered a quarterback hit. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "State NFL Roundup: Kwon Alexander busy in 49ers’ win," 16 Sep. 2019 The record-breaking PBS drama, imported from England, was a smash hit for six seasons around the world, attracting 120 million viewers in 220 territories. The Christian Science Monitor, "the viability of centrism in U.S. politics," 16 Sep. 2019 Sabah newspaper, which is close to Turkey's government, published new details of a recording of Khashoggi's conversation with members of a Saudi hit squad sent to kill him. Fox News, "Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi asked killers not to 'suffocate' him in final words: reports," 11 Sep. 2019 In a matter of months, rumors starting swirling that maybe Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse, who play Betty and Jughead on the hit show, were dating. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse's Relationship: A Complete Timeline," 10 Sep. 2019 Sabah, which is close to Turkey’s government, published new details of a recording of Khashoggi’s exchanges with members of a Saudi hit squad sent to kill him. San Diego Union-Tribune, "In last words, Jamal Khashoggi asked his killers not to cover his mouth, report says," 10 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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29 Oct 2019

Time Traveler for hit

The first known use of hit was before the 12th century

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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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