shoot Meaning in Cambridge American English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of "shoot" - American English Dictionary

See all translations

shootverb

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

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.

shootnoun [C]

 us   /ʃut/

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.

shootexclamation

 us   /ʃut/ infml

shoot exclamation (SPEAK)

used to tell someone else they should speak: "Dad, I need to talk to you." "Shoot."
(Definition of shoot from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of shoot?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “shoot” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day
child benefit

money received regularly by families from the government to help pay for the costs of taking care of children

Word of the Day

Are you a glass-half-full person? (Everyday Idioms)
Are you a glass-half-full person? (Everyday Idioms)
by Kate Woodford,
July 29, 2015
A reader of this blog recently asked for a post on idioms that are used in everyday English. This seemed like a reasonable request. After all, if you are going to make the effort to learn a set of English idioms, you want those idioms to be useful. The question, then, was

Read More 

responsible luxury noun
responsible luxury noun
August 03, 2015
high-end, green tourism and hospitality Jumeirah’s ‘responsible luxury’ approach is an example of a sustainable travel experience – future guests will enjoy the environment as much as today’s.

Read More