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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. 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.

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. 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.

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. 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.

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.

hit verb (ATTACK)

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

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).

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.

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. in baseball, when the batter (= person trying to hit the ball) safely reaches first base after hitting the ball

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.

hit noun [C] (ATTACK)

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