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shot

 /ʃɑt/ us  

shot (SHOOT)

past simple and past participle of shoot

shot

noun  /ʃɑt/ us  

shot noun (WEAPON)

[C] the action of firing a gun or another weapon: Several shots were fired.

shot noun (SPORTS)

[C] an attempt to score a point by throwing, hitting, or kicking a ball or other object: Roberts sank two foul shots to win the game.

shot noun (FILM)

[C] a photograph, or a short piece in a movie in which there is a single action or a short series of actions: I got some really good shots of the harbor at sunset.

shot noun (DRUG)

[C] an amount of a drug that is put into the body by a single injection : The doctor gave him a shot of cortisone.

shot noun (METAL BALL)

shot noun (ATTEMPT)

[U] infml an attempt to do or achieve something that is difficult, when success is uncertain: I’m not sure they’ll consider me for the job, but I’ll give it a shot.

shot noun (AMOUNT OF DRINK)

[C] a small amount of an alcoholic drink: a shot of whiskey

shot

adjective [not gradable]  /ʃɑt/ infml us  

shot adjective [not gradable] (DESTROYED)

no longer working or effective: The brakes are shot – you’d better take the car in to the garage.
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