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 us   /ʃut/ (past tense and past participle shot  /ʃɑt/ )

shoot verb (FIRE WEAPON)

[I/T] to ​fire a ​gun or other ​weapon, or to ​hit, ​injure, or ​kill someone or something by ​firing a ​gun or other ​weapon: [I] We’d take ​ourbows and ​arrows and shoot at ​targets. [T] A ​longtime ago the ​sergeantlearned how to shoot a ​gun. [T] An ​unidentified man was shot ​yesterdayafternoon. [I/T] infml If you say that someone or something should be shot, you are very ​annoyed by it: [T] This ​computer should be shot.

shoot verb (SPORTS)

[I/T] to ​throw, ​hit, or ​kick a ​ball or other ​object toward a ​goal in ​order to ​scorepoints: [T] Both ​teams shoot the ​ball well. [I] When you shoot as poorly as we did, you can’t ​expect to ​win.shoot baskets (also shoot hoops) slang If you shoot ​baskets or shoot ​hoops you ​playbasketball.shoot pool slang If you shoot ​pool you ​play that ​game: Patrick and I were shooting ​pool after ​work.

shoot verb (MOVE QUICKLY)

[I always + adv/prep] to move in a ​particulardirectionquickly and without ​unnecessaryturns or ​stops: The ​ambulance was shooting around the ​corner, ​itstiressquealing. Grace’s ​eyebrows shot up when she ​heard his ​voice.

shoot verb (FILM)

[I/T] to ​film or ​photograph something: [T] The ​movie will be shot in the ​fall.

shootnoun [C]

 us   /ʃut/

shoot noun [C] (PLANT)

the first ​part of a ​plant to ​appear above the ​ground as it ​develops from a ​seed, or a new ​growth on an already ​existingplant: Little ​green shoots ​appeared in the ​spring.

shoot noun [C] (FILM)

the ​act of taking a ​series of ​photographs or of ​filming a ​movie: I ​remember doing a shoot there.


 us   /ʃut/ infml

shoot exclamation (SPEAK)

used to ​tell someone ​else they should ​speak: "Dad, I need to ​talk to you." "Shoot."
(Definition of shoot from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"shoot" in British English

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uk   us   /ʃuːt/ (shot, shot)

shoot verb (WEAPON)

B1 [I or T] to fire a ​bullet or an ​arrow, or to ​hit, ​injure, or ​kill a ​person or ​animal by firing a ​bullet or ​arrow at him, her, or it: If he's not ​armed, don't shoot. The ​kids were shooting ​arrows at a ​target. She was shot three ​times in the ​head. He has a ​licence to shoot ​pheasants on the farmer's ​land. [+ obj + adj ] A ​policeman was shot deadin the ​citycentre last ​night. The ​troops were told to shoot to ​kill.
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shoot verb (SPORT)

B1 [I] to ​try to ​scorepoints for yourself or ​yourteam, in ​sportsinvolving a ​ball, by ​kicking, ​hitting, or ​throwing the ​ball towards the ​goal: He shot from the ​middle of the ​field and still ​managed to ​score.shoot baskets/hoops US informal to ​play basketball
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shoot verb (MOVE QUICKLY)

C2 [I usually + adv/prep] to ​move in a ​particulardirection very ​quickly and ​directly: She shot past me several ​metres before the ​finishingline. He shot out of the ​office a ​minute ago - I ​think he was late for a ​meeting. They were just shooting off to ​work so we didn't ​stop to ​talk. Sylvester Stallone shot to ​fame (= ​becamefamoussuddenly) with the ​movie "Rocky". [T] to ​move through or past something ​quickly: informal He shot three sets of trafficlights (= went past them when they gave the ​signal to ​stop) before the ​policecaught him. It was so ​exhilarating shooting the ​rapids (= ​travelling through the ​part of a ​river where the ​waterflowsdangerouslyfast).
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  • He ​suddenly got up and shot out of the ​room.
  • She shot ​passed me just now.
  • I'm just going to shoot off to the ​shops.
  • Anyway, I'd ​better shoot - ​bye!
  • Several ​runners had already shot past me.

shoot verb (FILM)

C1 [I or T] to use a ​camera to ​record a ​video or take a ​photograph: We shot four ​reels of ​film in Egypt. The ​movie was shot on ​location in ​SouthernIndia.
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shoot verb (PLAY)

[T] mainly US informal to ​play a ​game of pool or ​craps

shoot verb (DRUG)

[T] slang to take an ​illegaldrug by injecting yourself with it: By the ​time he was 16, he was shooting ​herointwice a ​day.


uk   us   /ʃuːt/

shoot noun (PLANT)

[C] the first ​part of a ​plant to ​appear above the ​ground as it ​develops from a ​seed, or any new ​growth on an already ​existingplant: Two ​weeks after we'd ​planted the ​seeds, little ​green shoots ​started to ​appear.figurative The first ​green shoots (= ​hopefulsigns) of ​economicrecovery have ​started to ​appear.

shoot noun (PHOTOGRAPHS)

[C usually singular] an ​occasion when ​photographers take a ​series of ​photographs, usually of the same ​person or ​people in the same ​place: We did a fashion shoot on the ​beach, with the ​girlsmodellingswimwear.

shoot noun (WEAPON)

[C] an ​occasion on which a ​group of ​people go to an ​area of the ​countryside to shoot ​animals


uk   us   /ʃuːt/ informal
used to ​tell someone that they should ​speak: "Dad, I need to ​talk to you." "Shoot."
(Definition of shoot from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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