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English definition of “hit”

hit

verb (TOUCH)    /hɪt/ (past participle hitting, past tense and past participle hit)
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
(Definition of hit verb (TOUCH) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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