GUN › when a bullet is fired from a gun: Three shots were fired.
SPORT › when someone tries to score points in sports such as football by hitting or throwing the ball: Good shot!
PHOTOGRAPH › a photograph: I got a good shot of them leaving the hotel together.
give sth a shot; have/take a shot at sth informal › to try to do something, often for the first time: I've never played football, but I'll give it a shot. They might have a shot at the World Championships next year.
MEDICINE › an amount of medicine put into the body with a special needle: I took the dog to the vet for his shots.
DRINK › a small amount of a strong alcoholic drink: a shot of whisky → See also long shot