Meaning of “pitch” in the English Dictionary

"pitch" in British English

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uk /pɪtʃ/ us /pɪtʃ/

pitch noun (SPORTS FIELD)

B2 [ C ] UK US field an area painted with lines for playing particular sports, especially football:

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 teach children 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 time their disagreement had reached such a pitch that there was no hope of an amicable conclusion.
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 to stage the Olympics.

[ C ] UK a place in a public area where a person regularly sells goods or performs:

The flower seller was at his usual pitch outside the station.


uk /pɪtʃ/ us /pɪtʃ/

pitch verb (MOVE)

[ I or T, usually + adv/prep ] to move or be moved suddenly, especially by throwing or being thrown:

She pitched the stone into the river.
The ball pitched (= landed) short.
The bike hit a rut and I was pitched (forward) onto the road.
The ship pitched up and down/from side to side in the rough seas.

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 particular level:

The tune was pitched (= the notes in it were) too high for me to reach the top notes.
A teacher's got to pitch a lesson at the right level for the students.

(Definition of “pitch” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pitch" in American English

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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 opposing team who tries to hit it with a baseball bat

pitch verb (FALL)

pitch verb (RAISE)

[ T ] to raise a tent and fix it in place:

We pitched our tent in a sheltered area.

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us /pɪtʃ/

pitch noun (SOUND QUALITY)

music [ C/U ] the degree to which a sound or a musical note has a high or low quality

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, sticky substance used to make ships and roofs waterproof, and to cover cracks in roads

pitch noun (SPORTS FIELD)

[ C ] Br field

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 /pɪtʃ/ us 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-up company.
make a pitch for sth A special team was sent to make a pitch for the new car plant to be built in Germany.


uk /pɪtʃ/ us

[ 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 video game 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 gain exposure to smaller companies 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 advertising account 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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