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English definition of “shot”

shot

noun [C]
 
 
/ʃɒt/
GUN B2 the action of firing a bullet from a gun: Three shots were fired.Handguns and riflesAiming and aimHand weapons
SPORT B2 an attempt to score points in sports such as football by hitting or throwing the ball: Good shot!General terms used in ball sports
PHOTOGRAPH B2 a photograph: I got a good shot of them leaving the hotel together.Photography
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.Trying and making an effortEffort and expending energy
MEDICINE an amount of medicine put into the body with a special needle: I took the dog to the vet for his shots.Drugs - general wordsSpecific types of drug
DRINK a small amount of a strong alcoholic drink: a shot of whiskyAlcohol - general wordsMeasurements of volumeGeneral words for size and amountInformal measurements of volume
→ See also long shot, like a shot, a shot in the dark
(Definition of shot noun from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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