hit: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (hit), [key]
— v., n. hit, hit•ting,
- to deal a blow or stroke to: Hit the nail with the hammer.
- to come against with an impact or collision, as a missile, a flying fragment, a falling body, or the like: The car hit the tree.
- to reach with a missile, a weapon, a blow, or the like, as one throwing, shooting, or striking: Did the bullet hit him?
- to succeed in striking: With his final shot he hit the mark.
- He hit a single and a home run.
- to make (a base hit):He hit a single and a home run.
- bat1 (def. 14).
- to drive or propel by a stroke: to hit a ball onto the green.
- to have a marked effect or influence on; affect severely: We were all hit by the change in management.
- to assail effectively and sharply (often fol. by out): The speech hits out at warmongering.
- to request or demand of: He hit me for a loan.
- to reach or attain (a specified level or amount): Prices are expected to hit a new low. The new train can hit 100 mph.
- to be published in or released to; appear in: When will this report hit the papers? What will happen when the story hits the front page?
- to land on or arrive in: The troops hit the beach at 0800. When does Harry hit town?
- to give (someone) another playing card, drink, portion, etc.: If the dealer hits me with an ace, I'll win the hand. Bartender, hit me again.
- to come or light upon; meet with; find: to hit the right road.
- to agree with; suit exactly: I'm sure this purple shirt will hit Alfred's fancy.
- to solve or guess correctly; come upon the right answer or solution: You've hit it!
- to succeed in representing or producing exactly: to hit a likeness in a portrait.
- to begin to travel on: Let's hit the road. What time shall we hit the trail?
- to strike with a missile, a weapon, or the like; deal a blow or blows: The armies hit at dawn.
- to come into collision (often fol. by against, on, or upon): The door hit against the wall.
- to kill; murder.
- (of an internal-combustion engine) to ignite a mixture of air and fuel as intended: This jalopy is hitting on all cylinders.
- to come or light (usually fol. by upon or on): to hit on a new way.
- to be congenial or compatible; get along; agree: We hit it off immediately with the new neighbors. She and her brother had never really hit it off.
- In his new book he hits off the American temperament with amazing insight.
- to represent or describe precisely or aptly:In his new book he hits off the American temperament with amazing insight.
- to imitate, esp. in order to satirize.
- to make persistent sexual advances to: guys who hit on girls at social events.
- a child hitting out in anger and frustration.
- to deal a blow aimlessly:a child hitting out in anger and frustration.
- to make a violent verbal attack:Critics hit out at the administration's new energy policy.
- to study hard; cram.
- See(def. 4).
- We'll hit the high spots when you come to town.
- to go out on the town; go nightclubbing:We'll hit the high spots when you come to town.
- to do something in a quick or casual manner, paying attention to only the most important or obvious facets or items:When I clean the house I hit the high spots and that's about all. This course will hit the high spots of ancient history.
- He hit me up for ten bucks.
- to ask to borrow money from:He hit me up for ten bucks.
- to inject a narcotic drug into a vein.
- an impact or collision, as of one thing against another.
- a stroke that reaches an object; blow.
- a stroke of satire, censure, etc.: a hit at complacency.
- a game won by a player after the opponent has thrown off one or more men from the board.
- any winning game.
- a successful stroke, performance, or production; success: The play is a hit.
- a dose of a narcotic drug.
- (in information retrieval) an instance of successfully locating an item of data in the memory bank of a computer.
- a killing, murder, or assassination, esp. one carried out by criminal prearrangements.
- without concern for correctness or detail; haphazardly: The paint job had been done hit or miss.
- hit (Thesaurus)
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