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English definition of “strike”


verb (HIT)    /straɪk/ (struck, struck)
B1 [I or T] to hit or attack someone or something forcefully or violently : Her car went out of control and struck an oncoming vehicle . The police have warned the public that the killer could strike again. The autopsy revealed that his murderer had struck him on the head with an iron bar . Have you ever been struck by lightning ? My golf was terrible today - I just didn't strike the ball well.Hitting and beatingPunishing by causing pain B1 [I or T] to kick a football , especially hard so that it travels a long distance : Beckham struck the ball with pace and precision . [I or T] When a clock strikes, its bells ring to show what the time is: The clock was striking ten as we went into the church .Watches and clocks [I] When a particular time strikes, a clock's bells ring to tell people what time it is: Midnight had just struck when I went upstairs to bed .Watches and clocks C2 [T] If you strike a match , you cause it to burn by rubbing it against a hard rough surface : She struck a match and lit another cigarette . He lent down and struck a match on the sole of his boot .Starting fires
(Definition of strike verb (HIT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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