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hit

verb [T]  us   /hɪt/

hit verb [T] (TOUCH FORCEFULLY)

(present participle hitting, past tense and past participle hit) to touch quickly and forcefully, with the hand or an object: Don’t hit your little brother! They were throwing rocks, and one of the rocks hit a window and broke it. She must have fallen asleep, and the car hit a tree. (present participle hitting, past tense and past participle hit) If something hits part of your body, or you hit it, you come up against it by accident: He’s so tall he keeps hitting his head when he goes through a doorway. (present participle hitting, past tense and past participle hit) Someone who is hit by a bullet or explosive weapon is injured by it: One journalist was hit in the leg by a stray bullet.

hit verb [T] (HAVE EFFECT)

(present participle hitting, past tense and past participle hit) to have an unpleasant or negative effect on a person or thing: Commuters are going to be hit hard by the rise in gasoline prices. (present participle hitting, past tense and past participle hit) infml If an important fact hits you, you suddenly understand the meaning of it: It just hit me that once she leaves, I may never see her again.

hit verb [T] (ARRIVE AT)

(present participle hitting, past tense and past participle hit) infml to arrive at a place, position, or state: The company’s profits hit an all-time high last year.

hit verb [T] (BASEBALL)

to make a thrown baseball move within the playing area by touching it with a bat (= stick): Rodriguez hit a high fly ball that was caught by the shortstop.

hit

noun [C]  us   /hɪt/

hit noun [C] (SUCCESS)

someone or something that is very popular or successful: The musical is one of the biggest hits on Broadway.

hit noun [C] (BASEBALL)

a base hit : Jason had three hits in four times at bat.

hit noun [C] (FORCEFUL TOUCH)

the act of hitting someone or something, or an occasion when someone or something is hit: The hospital took a direct hit from a bomb.
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