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“pitch” in English

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uk /pɪtʃ/ us /pɪtʃ/

pitch noun (SPORTS FIELD)

B2 [ C ] UK US field an area painted with lines for playing particular sports, especially football:

Supporters invaded (= ran onto) the pitch.

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pitch noun (LEVEL)

[ C or U ] the level or degree of something:

The piano and organ were tuned to the same pitch (= note).
If you teach children and adults in the same class, it's difficult to get the pitch (= level of difficulty or interest) right.

[ S ] the level of a feeling:

By this time their disagreement had reached such a pitch that there was no hope of an amicable conclusion.
The children were at fever pitch (= very excited) the day before the party.

pitch noun (PERSUASION)

[ C ] a speech or act that attempts to persuade someone to buy or do something:

The man in the shop gave me his (sales) pitch about quality and reliability.
She made a pitch for the job but she didn't get it.
[ + to infinitive ] The city made a pitch to stage the Olympics.

[ C ] UK a place in a public area where a person regularly sells goods or performs:

The flower seller was at his usual pitch outside the station.

pitch noun (BASEBALL)

[ C ] a throw in a baseball game:

a good/bad pitch


uk /pɪtʃ/ us /pɪtʃ/

pitch verb (MOVE)

[ I or T, usually + adv/prep ] to move or be moved suddenly, especially by throwing or being thrown:

She pitched the stone into the river.
The ball pitched (= landed) short.
The bike hit a rut and I was pitched (forward) onto the road.
The ship pitched up and down/from side to side in the rough seas.

pitch verb (BASEBALL)

[ I or T ] in baseball, to throw a ball towards the player with the bat in order for them to try to hit it:

Who will be pitching first for the White Sox this evening?

pitch verb (LEVEL)

[ T ] to express or set something at a particular level:

The tune was pitched (= the notes in it were) too high for me to reach the top notes.
A teacher's got to pitch a lesson at the right level for the students.

pitch verb (PERSUADE)

[ I or T ] mainly US to try to persuade someone to do something:

She pitched her idea to me over a business lunch.
They are pitching for business at the moment.

(Definition of “pitch” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“pitch” in American English

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us /pɪtʃ/

pitch verb (THROW)

[ T ] to throw something, esp. forcefully:

She pitched a stone into the river.

pitch verb (THROW BASEBALL)

[ I/T ] (in baseball) to throw a baseball toward a player from the opposing team who tries to hit it with a baseball bat

pitch verb (FALL)

pitch verb (RAISE)

[ T ] to raise a tent and fix it in place:

We pitched our tent in a sheltered area.

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us /pɪtʃ/

pitch noun (SOUND QUALITY)

music [ C/U ] the degree to which a sound or a musical note has a high or low quality

pitch noun (PERSUASION)

[ C ] a speech that attempts to persuade someone to buy or do something:

a sales pitch

pitch noun (SLOPE)

[ U ] the degree of slope, esp. of a roof

pitch noun (BLACK SUBSTANCE)

[ U ] a thick, black, sticky substance used to make ships and roofs waterproof, and to cover cracks in roads

pitch noun (SPORTS FIELD)

[ C ] Br field

adjective [ not gradable ] us /pɪtʃt/

a pitched roof

(Definition of “pitch” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“pitch” in Business English

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pitchnoun [ C ]

uk /pɪtʃ/ us MARKETING

the words or speech someone, especially a salesperson, uses to persuade someone to buy, do, or use something:

Investors liked the pitch and agreed to back the start-up company.
make a pitch for sth A special team was sent to make a pitch for the new car plant to be built in Germany.


uk /pɪtʃ/ us

[ T ] COMMERCE, to set a price at a particular level:

Shares were eventually pitched at 100p when they began trading at the beginning of June.
The video game didn't succeed because prices were pitched too high.

[ T ] to plan or design something in a way that will attract a particular group of people:

pitch sth at sb The issue was pitched at investors hoping to gain exposure to smaller companies in the US.

[ I or T ] COMMERCE, MARKETING to try to persuade someone to buy your products or services or choose you to do some work for them:

pitch for sth The agency had already pitched for the bank's $5 million advertising account on two previous occasions.
She was given 15 minutes to pitch her idea for a new project.

(Definition of “pitch” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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If, however, we want to apply this principle of transparency consistently, our commitment must stretch from the farmer' s pitch fork to the consumer's table fork.
Now imagine that when they make it onto the football pitch they are informed that the rules have changed and that they will be required to play rugby instead.
When the umpire blows his final whistle when the score is 50 - 50, he leaves the pitch with his head held high.
After all, we are not discussing what is happening on the pitch, but outside of it, particularly the financial players around it.

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