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Meaning of “pitch” in the English Dictionary

"pitch" in British English

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pitchnoun

uk   us   /pɪtʃ/
  • pitch noun (SPORTS FIELD)

B2 [C] UK (US field) an ​areapainted with ​lines for ​playingparticularsports, ​especiallyfootball: a ​football/​hockey/​cricket pitch Supporters invaded (= ​ran onto) the pitch.

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  • pitch noun (LEVEL)

[C or U] the ​level or ​degree of something: The ​piano and ​organ were ​tuned to the same pitch (= ​note). If you ​teachchildren and ​adults in the same ​class, it's ​difficult to get the pitch (= ​level of ​difficulty or ​interest)right. [S] the ​level of a ​feeling: By this ​timetheirdisagreement had ​reached such a pitch that there was no ​hope of an ​amicableconclusion. The ​children were at ​fever pitch (= very ​excited) the ​day before the ​party.
  • pitch noun (PERSUASION)

[C] a ​speech or ​act that ​attempts to ​persuade someone to ​buy or do something: The man in the ​shop gave me his (​sales) pitch about ​quality and ​reliability. She made a pitch for the ​job but she didn't get it. [+ to infinitive] The ​city made a pitch tostage the Olympics. [C] UK a ​place in a ​publicarea where a ​personregularlysellsgoods or ​performs: The ​flowerseller was at his ​usual pitch ​outside the ​station.

pitchverb

uk   us   /pɪtʃ/
  • pitch verb (MOVE)

[I or T, usually + adv/prep] to ​move or be ​movedsuddenly, ​especially by ​throwing or being ​thrown: She pitched the ​stone into the ​river. The ​ball pitched (= ​landed)short. The ​bikehit a ​rut and I was pitched (​forward) onto the ​road. The ​ship pitched up and down/from ​side to ​side in the ​roughseas.
  • pitch verb (BASEBALL)

[I or T] in ​baseball, to ​throw a ​ball towards the ​player with the bat in ​order for them to ​try to ​hit it: Who will be pitching first for the White Sox this ​evening?
  • pitch verb (LEVEL)

[T] to ​express or set something at a ​particularlevel: The ​tune was pitched (= the ​notes in it were) too high for me to ​reach the ​topnotes. A teacher's got to pitch a ​lesson at the ​rightlevel for the ​students.
  • pitch verb (PERSUADE)

[I or T] mainly US to ​try to ​persuade someone to do something: She pitched her ​idea to me over a ​businesslunch. They are pitching forbusiness at the ​moment.
(Definition of pitch from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pitch" in American English

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pitchverb

 us   /pɪtʃ/
  • pitch verb (THROW)

[T] to ​throw something, esp. ​forcefully: She pitched a ​stone into the ​river.
  • pitch verb (THROW BASEBALL)

[I/T] (in ​baseball) to ​throw a ​baseball toward a ​player from the ​opposingteam who ​tries to ​hit it with a ​baseballbat
  • pitch verb (FALL)

[always + adv/prep] to ​fallsuddenly: [T] The ​busstoppedsuddenly, pitching everyone ​forward.
  • pitch verb (RAISE)

[T] to ​raise a ​tent and ​fix it in ​place: We pitched ​ourtent in a ​shelteredarea.
Phrasal verbs

pitchnoun

 us   /pɪtʃ/
  • pitch noun (SOUND QUALITY)

music [C/U] the ​degree to which a ​sound or a ​musicalnote has a high or ​lowquality
  • pitch noun (PERSUASION)

[C] a ​speech that ​attempts to ​persuade someone to ​buy or do something: a ​sales pitch
  • pitch noun (SLOPE)

[U] the ​degree of ​slope, esp. of a ​roof
  • pitch noun (BLACK SUBSTANCE)

[U] a ​thick, ​black, ​stickysubstance used to make ​ships and ​roofswaterproof, and to ​covercracks in ​roads
  • pitch noun (SPORTS FIELD)

[C] Br field
pitched
adjective [not gradable]  us   /pɪtʃt/
a pitched ​roof
(Definition of pitch from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"pitch" in Business English

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pitchnoun [C]

uk   us   /pɪtʃ/ MARKETING
the words or speech someone, especially a salesperson, uses to persuade someone to ​buy, do, or use something: Investors liked the pitch and ​agreed to back the ​start-upcompany.make a pitch for sth A ​specialteam was ​sent to make a pitch for the new ​carplant to be ​built in Germany.

pitchverb

uk   us   /pɪtʃ/
[T] COMMERCE, to set a ​price at a particular ​level: Shares were eventually pitched at 100p when they began ​trading at the beginning of June. The ​videogame didn't ​succeed because ​prices were pitched too high.
[T] to ​plan or ​design something in a way that will ​attract a particular ​group of ​people: pitch sth at sb The ​issue was pitched at ​investors hoping to ​gainexposure to ​smallercompanies in the US.
[I or T] COMMERCE, MARKETING to ​try to persuade someone to ​buy your ​products or ​services or choose you to do some ​work for them: pitch for sth The ​agency had already pitched for the bank's $5 million ​advertisingaccount on two previous occasions. She was given 15 ​minutes to pitch her ​idea for a new ​project.
(Definition of pitch from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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