Meaning of “strike” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb uk us /straɪk/ (past tense and past participle struck)
HIT [ T ]

B1 to hit someone or something:

Two climbers were struck by falling rocks.
His car went out of control and struck a tree.
I've never heard of anyone being struck by lightning.

B2 If a thought or idea strikes you, you suddenly think of it:

[ + (that) ] It struck me that I'd forgotten to order the champagne.
strike sb as sth

If someone strikes you as having a particular quality, they seem to have that quality:

He didn't strike me as a passionate man.

B2 to stop working for a period of time because you want more money, etc:

Bus drivers are threatening to strike.

If something bad strikes something or someone, it affects them strongly and quickly:

The hurricane struck the coast at about eight in the morning.

to attack suddenly:

The marines will strike at dawn.
CLOCK [ I, T ]

If a clock strikes, a bell rings to show what the time is.

strike gold, oil, etc

to find a supply of gold, oil, etc in the ground

strike a match

to light a match in order to produce fire

strike a balance

to give two things the same amount of attention:

It's important to strike a balance between spending and saving.
strike a deal

If two people strike a deal, they promise to do something for each other that will give them both an advantage:

The book's author has struck a deal with a major film company.
→ See also strike a chord (with sb) , be struck dumb

(Definition of “strike verb” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)