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English definition of “hit”


verb [T] (HAVE EFFECT)   /hɪt/ (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. 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.
(Definition of hit verb (HAVE EFFECT) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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