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hit

verb [T]  /hɪt/ us  

hit verb [T] (TOUCH FORCEFULLY)

( present participle hitting, past tense and past participle hit) to touch quickly and forcefully, with the hand or an object: Don’t hit your little brother! They were throwing rocks, and one of the rocks hit a window and broke it. She must have fallen asleep, and the car hit a tree. ( present participle hitting, past tense and past participle hit) If something hits part of your body, or you hit it, you come up against it by accident: He’s so tall he keeps hitting his head when he goes through a doorway. ( present participle hitting, past tense and past participle hit) Someone who is hit by a bullet or explosive weapon is injured by it: One journalist was hit in the leg by a stray bullet.

hit verb [T] (HAVE EFFECT)

( present participle hitting, past tense and past participle hit) to have an unpleasant or negative effect on a person or thing: Commuters are going to be hit hard by the rise in gasoline prices. ( present participle hitting, past tense and past participle hit) infml If an important fact hits you, you suddenly understand the meaning of it: It just hit me that once she leaves, I may never see her again.

hit verb [T] (ARRIVE AT)

( present participle hitting, past tense and past participle hit) infml to arrive at a place, position, or state: The company’s profits hit an all-time high last year.

hit verb [T] (BASEBALL)

to make a thrown baseball move within the playing area by touching it with a bat (= stick): Rodriguez hit a high fly ball that was caught by the shortstop.

hit

noun [C]  /hɪt/ us  

hit noun [C] (SUCCESS)

someone or something that is very popular or successful: The musical is one of the biggest hits on Broadway.

hit noun [C] (BASEBALL)

a base hit : Jason had three hits in four times at bat.

hit noun [C] (FORCEFUL TOUCH)

the act of hitting someone or something, or an occasion when someone or something is hit: The hospital took a direct hit from a bomb.
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