shoot

verb
\ ˈshüt How to pronounce shoot (audio) \
shot\ ˈshät How to pronounce shoot (audio) \; shooting

Definition of shoot

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1a(1) : to eject or impel or cause to be ejected or impelled by a sudden release of tension (as of a bowstring or slingshot or by a flick of a finger) shoot an arrow shoot a spitball shoot a marble
(2) : to drive forth or cause to be driven forth by an explosion (as of a powder charge in a firearm or of ignited fuel in a rocket)
(3) : to drive forth or cause to be driven forth by a sudden release of gas or air shoot darts from a blowgun a steam catapult shoots planes from a carrier
(4) : to propel (something, such as a ball or puck) toward a goal by striking or pushing with part of the body (such as the hand or foot) or with an implement also : to score by so doing shoot the winning goal shoot a basket
(5) : to throw or cast off or out often with force shoot dice the horse shot his rider out of the saddle
b : to cause (something, such as a gun or bow) to propel a missile
c(1) : to utter (words or sounds) rapidly or suddenly or with force shoot out a stream of invective
(2) : to emit (light, flame, fumes, etc.) suddenly and rapidly
(3) : to send forth with suddenness or intensity shot a look of anger at them
d : to discharge, dump, or empty especially by overturning, upending, or directing into a slide
2 : to affect by shooting: such as
a : to strike with a missile especially from a bow or gun especially : to wound or kill with a missile discharged from a bow or firearm
b : to remove or destroy by use of firearms shot out the light also : wreck, explode
3a : to push or slide (something, such as the bolt of a door or lock) into or out of a fastening
b : to push or thrust forward : stick out toads shooting out their tongues
c : to put forth in growing
d : to place, send, or bring into position abruptly
4a(1) : to engage in (a sport or game or a portion of a game that involves shooting) : play shoot pool shoot a round of golf shoot craps
(2) : to achieve (a particular score) in a game that involves shooting shoot 80 in golf
b(1) : to place or offer (a bet) on the result of casting dice shoot $5
(2) : to use up by or as if by betting : exhaust shot his annual bonus on a shady deal
5a : to engage in the hunting and killing of (game birds or animals) with firearms especially as a sport shoot woodcock
b : to hunt over shoot a tract of woodland
6a : to cause to move suddenly or swiftly forward shot the car onto the highway
b : to send or carry quickly : dispatch shoot the letter on to me as soon as you receive it
7 : to variegate as if by sprinkling color in streaks, flecks, or patches
8 : to pass swiftly by, past, or along shooting rapids
9 : to plane (something, such as the edge of a board) straight or true
10a : set off, detonate, ignite shoot a charge of dynamite
b : to effect by blasting
11 : to determine the altitude of
12 : to take a picture or series of pictures or television images of : photograph, film
13a : to give an injection to
b : to inject (an illicit drug) especially into the bloodstream

intransitive verb

1a : to go or pass rapidly and precipitately sparks shooting all over his feet shot out from under him
b : to move ahead by force of momentum
c : to stream out suddenly : spurt
d : to dart in or as if in rays from a source of light
e : to dart with a piercing sensation pain shot up my arm
2a : to cause an engine or weapon to discharge a missile
b : to use a firearm or bow especially for sport (as in hunting)
3 : to propel a missile guns that shoot many miles
5a : to grow or sprout by or as if by putting forth shoots
c : to spring or rise rapidly or suddenly often used with up in a burst of growth he shot up to six feet tallprices shot up
6a : to propel an object (such as a ball) in a particular way
b : to drive the ball or puck toward a goal
7 : to cast dice
8 : to slide into or out of a fastening a bolt that shoots in either direction
9 : to record something (as on film or videotape) with a camera
10 : to begin to speak usually used as an imperative OK, shoot, what do you have to say
shoot at or shoot for
: to aim at : strive for
shoot from the hip
: to act or speak hastily without consideration of the consequences
shoot one's bolt
: to exhaust one's capabilities and resources
shoot one's cuffs
: to tug one's shirt cuffs below those of one's coat
shoot oneself in the foot
: to act against one's own best interests
shoot the breeze
: to converse idly : gossip
shoot the shit
vulgar
: to shoot the breeze
shoot the works
1 : to venture all one's capital on one play
2 : to put forth all one's efforts

shoot

noun

Definition of shoot (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a sending out of new growth or the growth sent out: such as
a : a stem or branch with its leaves and appendages especially when not yet mature
b : offshoot
2a : an act of shooting (as with a bow or a firearm):
(1) : shot
(2) : the firing of a missile especially by artillery
b(1) : a hunting trip or party
(2) : the right to shoot game in a particular area or land over which it is held
c(1) : a shooting match skeet shoot
(2) : a round of shots in a shooting match
d : the action or an instance of shooting with a camera : a session or a series of sessions of photographing or filming a movie shoot
3a : a motion or movement of rapid thrusting: such as
(1) : a sudden or rapid advance
(2) : a momentary darting sensation : twinge
(4) : the pace between strokes in rowing
b : a bar of rays : beam a shoot of sunlight
4 [probably by folk etymology from French chute — more at chute]
a : a rush of water down a steep or rapid
b : a place where a stream runs or descends swiftly

shoot

interjection

Definition of shoot (Entry 3 of 3)

used to express annoyance or surprise

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Synonyms for shoot

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of shoot in a Sentence

Verb Does this gun shoot accurately? He shot at the deer. The enemy was shooting at the rescue helicopter. She shot the arrow into the air. I tried shooting a gun for the first time. He shot a spitball into the girl's hair. a stunt in which she was shot from a cannon He shot two deer this hunting season. The police shot the suspect in the leg. She accidentally shot herself in the foot. Noun Small green shoots grew from the base of the tree. She is currently on a movie shoot in London.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Or Will and Jada Pinkett Smith crashing a wedding photo shoot. Washington Post, "Jeff Goldblum’s a movie star, jazz pianist and an inescapable meme. What’s behind his enduring appeal?," 29 Apr. 2021 Written and directed by Sorkin, Being the Ricardos follows Ball and Arnaz over the course of a week of production for I Love Lucy, starting with a Monday table read and ending with a Friday shoot in front of a live audience. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Being the Ricardos: What We Know So Far," 27 Apr. 2021 Deadline reports that the project, titled Karma Chameleon, has moved from MGM to Millennium Media and is looking at a summer 2021 shoot in London and Bulgaria. Claire Shaffer, Rolling Stone, "Boy George Biopic in the Works," 20 Apr. 2021 Dear Disgusted: The late Burt Reynolds participated in a fairly legendary nude photo shoot for Cosmopolitan magazine in 1972. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Incessant talking could be a sign of other issues," 2 Apr. 2021 The video, featuring footage from a Wednesday photo shoot involving the four teams, completely ignored one squad, Arizona, who'd advanced to their first women's Final Four earlier this week following a win over Indiana. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Arizona women's team notices absence from Final Four promo video: 'Stuff like that shouldn't happen'," 2 Apr. 2021 Other cases that have come up include one over a nude photo shoot of a Barbie doll. Eriq Gardner, Billboard, "Judge Orders Lil Nas X Satan Shoes Off the Market For Now," 1 Apr. 2021 The Easter Bunny will be available for a digital photo shoot and meet-and-greet at the Princess Experience Studio in The Quad. Alison Stanton, The Arizona Republic, "Easter Bunny pictures in Phoenix: Where to get your kids' photos done in person or online," 24 Mar. 2021 To make a reservation for a pet photo shoot, click here. Slone Terranella, Detroit Free Press, "Socially distant holiday photos, activities make a comeback for Easter weekend," 23 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of shoot

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a(1)

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Interjection

1876, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for shoot

Verb

Middle English sheten, shoten, shuten, from Old English scēotan; akin to Old Norse skjōta to shoot

Noun

Middle English schot, schote projectile, new growth, in part from shoten, verb, in part from Old English sceot shot

Interjection

euphemism for shit

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

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shoot

verb

English Language Learners Definition of shoot

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to cause a bullet, arrow, etc., to move forward with great force from a weapon
: to wound or kill (a person or animal) with a bullet, arrow, etc., that is shot from a weapon
: to remove or destroy (something) with a bullet, rocket, etc., that is shot from a weapon

shoot

noun

English Language Learners Definition of shoot (Entry 2 of 3)

: the part of a new plant that is just beginning to grow above the ground
: a new branch and its leaves on an established plant
: an occasion when a movie, television show, etc., is being filmed

shoot

interjection

English Language Learners Definition of shoot (Entry 3 of 3)

US used to show that you are annoyed or surprised

shoot

verb
\ ˈshüt How to pronounce shoot (audio) \
shot\ ˈshät \; shooting

Kids Definition of shoot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to let fly or cause to be driven forward with force He shot an arrow into the air.
2 : to cause a projectile (as a bullet) to be driven out of The guard shot a gun.
3 : to cause a weapon to discharge a projectile Aim and shoot.
4 : to strike with a projectile from a bow or gun He shot a deer.
5 : to hit, throw, or kick (as a ball or puck) toward or into a goal
6 : to score by shooting The player shot a basket.
7 : play entry 1 sense 2 Let's shoot some pool.
8 : to thrust forward swiftly Lizards shot out their tongues.
9 : to grow rapidly The corn is shooting up.
10 : to go, move, or pass rapidly They shot past on skis.
11 : to direct at quickly and suddenly I shot them an angry look.
12 : to stream out suddenly : spurt Blood was shooting from the wound.
13 : to film or photograph The movie was shot in Australia.
14 : to pass swiftly along or through We shot the rapids in a canoe.

Other Words from shoot

shooter noun

shoot

noun

Kids Definition of shoot (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a stem or branch of a plant especially when young or just beginning to grow
2 : a hunting party or trip a duck shoot
\ ˈshüt How to pronounce shoot (audio) \
shot\ ˈshät How to pronounce shoot (audio) \; shooting

Medical Definition of shoot

1 : to give an injection to
2 : to take or administer (as a drug) by hypodermic needle

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