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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 score points 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 tried bowling 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 short piece in a film in which there is a single action or a short series of actions

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shotadjective

uk   /ʃɒt/  us   /ʃɑːt/
(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 of shoot

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 short piece in a movie in which there is a single action or a short series 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 single injection: The doctor gave him a shot of cortisone.
  • shot noun (METAL BALL)

  • 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 small amount of an alcoholic drink: a shot of whiskey

shotadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ʃɑt/ infml
no longer working 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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