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hit

verb uk   /hɪt/ (past participle hitting, past tense and past participle hit) us  

hit verb (TOUCH)

A2 [T] to move your hand or an object onto the surface of something so that it touches it, usually with force: Teachers are not allowed to hit their pupils. This type of glass won't shatter no matter how hard you hit it. She hit her thumb with the hammer.Hitting and beatingPunishing by causing pain B1 [T] to touch something with sudden force: They were going at about 60 kilometres an hour when their car hit the tree. One journalist was hit in the leg by a stray bullet. That new shelf in the bathroom is too low - I just hit my head on it.Hitting against objects accidentally and colliding

hit verb (EFFECT)

B2 [T] to have an unpleasant or negative effect on a person or thing: Production has been badly hit by the strike. Demand for transatlantic flights has been hit by fears of terrorist attacks.Damaging and spoilingDestroying and demolishing C2 [T] If an idea or thought hits you, you suddenly think of it: That's when it hit me that my life would never be the same again.

hit verb (SHOOT)

[T often passive] to shoot at or bomb a place or person, causing damage or injury: Two schools were hit during the air raid. He was hit in the neck by a bullet from a sniper. Try to hit the middle of the target.Detonation and bombardment

hit verb (REACH)

C1 [T] to arrive at a place or position: If we turn left at the next junction, we should hit the main road after five miles or so.Arriving, entering and invading C1 [T] to succeed in reaching or achieving something: Our profits hit an all-time high of £20 million last year. I just can't hit (= sing) those high notes like I used to.Succeeding, achieving and fulfillingArriving, entering and invading

hit verb (SUCCESS)

hit it off informal B2 to like someone and become friendly immediately: I didn't really hit it off with his friends. Jake and Sue hit it off immediately.Being, becoming friends and getting to know someone

hit verb (ATTACK)

[T] mainly US slang to kill someone: Three drug dealers were hit in the city over the weekend.KillingMurder and attempted murder

hit

noun [C] uk   /hɪt/ us  

hit noun [C] (SUCCESS)

B1 a thing or person that is very popular or successful: The Beatles had a string of number-one hits in the 1960s. Your cake was a real hit at the party - everyone commented. They've just released an album of their greatest hits (= their most successful songs).Successful (things or people)

hit noun [C] (INTERNET)

B2 a request to use a web page on the internet that is then counted to calculate the number of people looking at the page: Our page had 243 hits this week.Internet terminology and abbreviations

hit noun [C] (TOUCH)

the act of hitting something or someone, or an occasion when something or someone hits you: She gave him a hit on the head which knocked him flying.Hitting and beatingPunishing by causing pain in baseball, when the batter (= person trying to hit the ball) safely reaches first base after hitting the ballBaseball and roundersGeneral terms used in ball sports

hit noun [C] (SHOOT)

an occasion when something that has been thrown, dropped, shot, etc. at a place or object reaches that place or object: The rebel headquarters took a direct hit from a bomb during the attack. I scored a hit on my second shot.Detonation and bombardment

hit noun [C] (ATTACK)

mainly US slang an act of murder: He was the victim of a mafia hit.Murder and attempted murderKilling
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