shoot

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

blast, discharge, fire, loose, squeeze off

Synonyms: Noun

offshoot, outgrowth, sprout

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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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In a series of behind-the-scenes images from the shoot, shared online by Aniston’s stylists, sisters Nina and Clare Hallworth, the star stands outside her home, surrounded by lush green foliage. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Jennifer Aniston Strikes a Pose in Her $21 Million Bel Air Home She Shared with Justin Theroux," 13 Sep. 2019 Cutting the shoots The chill is also evident among NGOs. The Economist, "China says Hong Kong’s protesters have the mainland in their sights," 12 Sep. 2019 The day of the shoot, the three met in person to discuss in more detail who would be touching whom, how, and where. Kate Julian, The Atlantic, "The Sex-Scene Coach," 6 Aug. 2019 If this behind-the-scenes video from the campaign photo shoot is any evidence, those shadows SPARKLE. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Jackie Aina Designed a New Anastasia Beverly Hills Palette for Dark Skin Tones," 5 Aug. 2019 Apparently, there's a notice that the shoot might continue through early September, which feels unexpectedly late considering the movie is scheduled to hit theaters in December. Graeme Mcmillan, WIRED, "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker," 15 July 2019 From Morgan's take on the tea controversy to too many gems from Julie Ertz to choose from, here are our top 10 favorites from the shoot: No. 8: No need to go looking for a frog prince, Allie Long. Kellen Becoats, SI.com, "The USWNT’s Top 10 Poses With the Women’s World Cup Trophy," 7 July 2019 Even at $5,000, the XDR is priced such that every person along every step of the path from a shoot to the final color correction in a video or film production can have it. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Our first-look photos of Apple’s new Mac Pro and the Pro Display XDR," 4 June 2019 Check out the Forbes cover and some of the footage from the cover shoot. Connor Whittum, Billboard, "Kylie Jenner Covers 'Forbes,' Says She Might Pass Kylie Cosmetics On to Stormi One Day," 11 July 2018

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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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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 shot (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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