hits; hit; hitting
hits; hit; hitting
Learner's definition of HIT
1 a : to move your hand, a bat, etc., quickly so that it touches someone or something in a forceful or violent way
She told her son to stop hitting his sister.
She hit him hard with her purse.
He hit the fence with a stick. = He hit a stick against/on the fence.
The boxers hit each other with their fists.
[no object] b [+ object] : to cause (something, such as a ball) to move by hitting it forcefully with a bat, racket, etc. c : to touch (something or someone) in a forceful or violent way after moving at a high speed
[no object] d [+ object] : to cause or allow (something, such as part of your body) to touch something in a forceful or violent way
2 a [+ object] : to attack (something or someone) b : to affect (something or someone) in a harmful or damaging way
The ship was hit by a sudden storm.
A powerful earthquake hit the city.
Many families have been hit hard by the layoffs. = Many families have been hard hit by the layoffs. [=many families have been badly affected/hurt by the layoffs]
If you really want to teach your son a lesson you should hit him where it hurts and take away his cell phone.
3 a : to come to (something) by chance or accident while you are moving b : to begin to have or experience (problems, trouble, etc.) 4 [+ object], informal : to become suddenly or completely clear to (someone) : strike
It suddenly hit [=occurred to] me that I was doing something wrong. [=I suddenly realized that I was doing something wrong]
The importance of the victory hasn't really hit her yet.
I was just about to give up when the solution hit me.
When you meet him, the first thing that hits you [=the first thing that you notice] is his air of confidence.
The smell hit me [=I noticed the smell] as soon as I opened the door.
5 [+ object] : to get or come to (a goal, level, etc.) : reach
He hit 100 mph on his motorcycle.
They expect the temperature to hit 90 this afternoon.
Sales hit $100 million last year alone.
Gold prices hit an all-time high last week.
a singer who can hit the high notes
He kept digging until he hit [=struck] water.
The stock market hit bottom. [=reached an extremely low point]
(informal) Next year he'll hit the big four-oh/five-oh. [=turn 40/50 years of age]
6 [+ object], informal : to arrive or appear at, in, or on (a place)
We hit [=went to] the beach nearly every day this summer.
They got up early and headed out to hit the (ski) slopes. [=to go skiing]
The magazine's new issue hits newsstands tomorrow. [=the new issue becomes available on newsstands tomorrow]
The new product should hit the shelves/market soon. = The new product should hit stores soon. [=the new product should be available in stores soon]
These new illegal drugs only recently hit the street. [=became available for illegal purchase]
informal [+ object]
7 a : to turn (something) on or off with a switch b : to move (a switch) to an on or off position c : to push down on (the brake pedal or accelerator in a vehicle) in a sudden and forceful way 8 a : to succeed in hitting (something aimed at) with a shot, throw, etc.
— sometimes used figuratively
hit the bull's-eye
hit the target
[no object] b [+ object] : to succeed in making (a shot)
c [+ object] : to succeed in making a pass to (another player)
She hit [=made, sank] 40 percent of her shots last season.
She hit her first basket but then missed the next one.
9 a [no object] : to try to hit the ball with a bat in baseball, cricket, or a similar game b [+ object] : to produce (a home run, a ground ball, etc.) by batting
c [no object] : to have a specified batting average d : to hit the pitches thrown by (a pitcher)
He hit 30 home runs last year.
He hit a ground ball to the shortstop.
She hit a double to left field.
10 not used in progressive tenses, [+ object], informal : to deal another card to (a player in blackjack)
hit back[phrasal verb]
: to attack or criticize someone who has attacked or criticized you — often + at
— used to tell a group of musicians to begin playing
hit it offinformal
: to become friends : to get along well
The two of them hit it off (with each other) immediately.
Though we work together, we've never really hit it off.
hit on/upon[phrasal verb]
1 hit on (someone)US, informal : to talk to (someone) in order to try to start a sexual relationship 2 hit on/upon (something) : to succeed in finding (something, such as a solution)
She thought about the problem for days before she finally hit on a solution.
He hit on a new way to do things.
We hit upon the answer accidentally.
hit out at[phrasal verb]
hit out at (someone)informal
: to make an angry attack against (someone)
hit the deckorhit the dirtorhit the ground
: to drop down to the ground or floor suddenly
hit the ground running
: to begin an effort or activity in a quick, energetic, and effective way
hit the hayinformalorhit the sack
hit the nail on the headinformal
hit the roofinformalorhit the ceiling
: to become very angry or upset
hit the streetsinformalor UShit the pavement
: to go out in search of something or for a specific purpose
I grabbed the classifieds and hit the pavement, looking for a new job.
The reporters hit the streets to interview passersby.
— see also 1hit 6 (above)
hit up[phrasal verb]
hit (someone) upUS, informal or hit up (someone)
: to ask (someone) for something (such as money)
She's waiting for the right moment to hit up her father for a loan. [=to ask her father for a loan]
I donated money to that charity a few months ago, and they're already hitting me up for more.
Learner's definition of HIT
1 a : an act of hitting someone or something b — used to describe being hit by something (such as a bullet, bomb, punch, etc.) — usually used with take
— often used figuratively
The bunker took a direct hit from the bombers.
The plane took some hits, but the pilot was able to fly back to the base.
His pride took a hit. [=his pride was hurt]
The company took a public relations hit when it lost the lawsuit. [=the company's public image was damaged when it lost the lawsuit]
She took a big financial hit when the stock market fell. [=she lost a lot of money]
2 a : something that is very successful — often used before another noun
b : someone or something that is liked by someone very much — usually + with
a hit record/song
a hit movie
3 : a successful effort to reach a desired goal or result
5 a : an act of connecting to a particular Web site b : a successful attempt to find something in a search of a computer database or the Internet 6 informal : a single dose of an illegal drug
Can I get a hit?
He took a hit of LSD.
7 informal : a planned murder done by a paid killer