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Meaning of “shot” in the English Dictionary

"shot" in British English

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shotverb

uk   /ʃɒt/  us   /ʃɑːt/

shotnoun

uk   /ʃɒt/  us   /ʃɑːt/
  • shot noun (SPORT)

B2 [C] a ​kick, ​hit, or ​throw of the ​ball that is ​intended to ​scorepoints in a ​sport such as ​cricket, ​football, ​tennis, or golf: And that was a ​great shot by Márquez! Murray ​drove a ​forehand shot down the ​line to ​win the ​match.

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  • shot noun (WEAPON)

B2 [C] the ​action of firing a ​gun or another ​weapon: He fired four shots at the ​car as it ​drove off.a good/poor shot someone who is ​skilled/not ​skilled at ​aiming and firing a ​gun

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  • shot noun (ATTEMPT)

[C usually singular] informal an ​attempt to do or ​achieve something that you have not done before: I ​thought I'd have a shot at making my own ​wine. I've never ​triedbowling before, but I ​thought I'd give it a shot.

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  • shot noun (PHOTOGRAPH/FILM)

B2 [C] a ​photograph: I got/took some really good shots of the ​harbour at ​sunset. [C] a ​shortpiece in a ​film in which there is a ​singleaction or a ​shortseries of ​actions

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  • shot noun (DRUG)

a shot of sth informal the ​amount of a ​drug that is put into the ​body by a ​single injection: The ​doctor gave him a shot of ​morphine.

shotadjective

uk   /ʃɒt/  us   /ʃɑːt/
  • shot adjective (CLOTH)

(of silk) having ​smallthreads of a ​colour in it, so that the ​maincolourappears to ​changedepending on the ​angle at which the ​cloth is ​seen: Her ​eveningdress is made of ​green shot ​silk.
  • shot adjective (DESTROYED)

informal no ​longerworking or ​effective: It's no good - these ​gears are shot.
(Definition of shot from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"shot" in American English

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shot

 us   /ʃɑt/
  • shot (SHOOT)

past simple and past participle ofshoot

shotnoun

 us   /ʃɑt/
  • shot noun (WEAPON)

[C] the ​action of ​firing a ​gun or another ​weapon: Several shots were ​fired.
  • shot noun (SPORTS)

[C] an ​attempt to ​score a ​point by ​throwing, ​hitting, or ​kicking a ​ball or other ​object: Roberts ​sank two ​foul shots to ​win the ​game.
  • shot noun (FILM)

[C] a ​photograph, or a ​shortpiece in a ​movie in which there is a ​singleaction or a ​shortseries of ​actions: I got some really good shots of the ​harbor at ​sunset.
  • shot noun (DRUG)

[C] an ​amount of a ​drug that is put into the ​body by a ​singleinjection: The ​doctor gave him a shot of ​cortisone.
  • shot noun (METAL BALL)

[C/U] a ​heavymetalballthrown in a ​sportscompetition, or ​smallmetalballsfired from a ​gun
  • shot noun (ATTEMPT)

[U] infml an ​attempt to do or ​achieve something that is ​difficult, when ​success is ​uncertain: I’m not ​sure they’ll ​consider me for the ​job, but I’ll give it a shot.
  • shot noun (AMOUNT OF DRINK)

[C] a ​smallamount of an ​alcoholicdrink: a shot of ​whiskey

shotadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ʃɑt/ infml
no ​longerworking or ​effective: The ​brakes are shot – you’d ​better take the ​car in to the ​garage.
(Definition of shot from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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