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shoot

verb  /ʃut/ ( past tense and past participle shot  /ʃɑt/) us  

shoot verb (FIRE WEAPON)

[I/T] to fire a gun or other weapon, or to hit, injure, or kill someone or something by firing a gun or other weapon: [I] We’d take our bows and arrows and shoot at targets. [T] A long time ago the sergeant learned how to shoot a gun. [T] An unidentified man was shot yesterday afternoon. [I/T] infml If you say that someone or something should be shot, you are very annoyed by it: [T] This computer should be shot.

shoot verb (SPORTS)

[I/T] to throw, hit, or kick a ball or other object toward a goal in order to score points: [T] Both teams shoot the ball well. [I] When you shoot as poorly as we did, you can’t expect to win.shoot baskets ( also shoot hoops) slang If you shoot baskets or shoot hoops you play basketball .shoot pool slang If you shoot pool you play that game: Patrick and I were shooting pool after work.

shoot verb (MOVE QUICKLY)

[I always + adv/prep] to move in a particular direction quickly and without unnecessary turns or stops: The ambulance was shooting around the corner, its tires squealing. Grace’s eyebrows shot up when she heard his voice.

shoot verb (FILM)

[I/T] to film or photograph something: [T] The movie will be shot in the fall.

shoot

noun [C]  /ʃut/ us  

shoot noun [C] (PLANT)

the first part of a plant to appear above the ground as it develops from a seed, or a new growth on an already existing plant: Little green shoots appeared in the spring.

shoot noun [C] (FILM)

the act of taking a series of photographs or of filming a movie: I remember doing a shoot there.

shoot

exclamation  /ʃut/ infml us  

shoot exclamation (SPEAK)

used to tell someone else they should speak: "Dad, I need to talk to you." "Shoot."
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