verbhit, hit·ting, hits
- To come into contact with forcefully; strike: The car hit the guardrail.
a. To cause to come into contact: She hit her hand against the wall.
b. To deal a blow to: He hit the punching bag.
c. To cause an implement or missile to come forcefully into contact with: hit the nail with a hammer.
- To press or push (a key or button, for example): hit the return key by mistake.
a. To reach with a propelled ball or puck: hit the running back with a pass.
b. To score in this way: She hit the winning basket.
c. To perform (a shot or maneuver) successfully: couldn't hit the jump shot.
d. To propel with a stroke or blow: hit the ball onto the green.
a. To execute (a base hit) successfully: hit a single.
b. To bat against (a pitcher or kind of pitch) successfully: can't hit a slider.
a. To affect, especially adversely: The company was hit hard by the recession. Influenza hit the elderly the hardest.
b. To be affected by (a negative development): Their marriage hit a bad patch.
a. To win (a prize, for example), especially in a lottery.
b. To arise suddenly in the mind of; occur to: It finally hit him that she might be his long-lost sister.
a. Informal To go to or arrive at: We hit the beach early.
b. Informal To attain or reach: Monthly sales hit a new high. She hit 40 on her last birthday.
c. To produce or represent accurately: trying to hit the right note.
- Games To deal cards to.
- Sports To bite on or take (bait or a lure). Used of a fish.
- To strike or deal a blow.
a. To come into contact with something; collide.
b. To attack: The raiders hit at dawn.
c. To happen or occur: The storm hit without warning.
- To achieve or find something desired or sought: finally hit on the answer; hit upon a solution to the problem.
- Baseball To bat or bat well: Their slugger hasn't been hitting lately.
- Sports To score by shooting, especially in basketball: hit on 7 of 8 shots.
- To ignite a mixture of air and fuel in the cylinders. Used of an internal-combustion engine.
Phrasal Verbs: hit on Slang
a. A collision or impact.
b. A successfully executed shot, blow, thrust, or throw.
c. Sports A deliberate collision with an opponent, such as a body check in ice hockey.
- A successful or popular venture: a Broadway hit.
a. A match of data in a search string against data that one is searching.
b. A connection made to a website over the internet or another network: Our company's website gets about 250,000 hits daily.
- An apt or effective remark.
- Abbr. H Baseball A base hit.
a. A dose of a narcotic drug.
b. A puff of a cigarette or a pipe.
- Slang A murder planned and carried out usually by a member of an underworld syndicate.
To pay unsolicited romantic attention to: can't go into a bar lately without being hit on. hit up Slang
To approach and ask (someone) for something, especially for money: tried to hit me up for a loan.
Origin of hit
Middle English hitten from
Old English hyttan from
Old Norse hitta
(third-person singular simple present hits, present participle hitting, simple past and past participle hit)
- To administer a blow to.
- One boy hit the other.
- To come into contact with forcefully and suddenly.
- The ball hit the fence.
- (colloquial) To briefly visit.
- We hit the grocery store on the way to the park.
- (informal) To encounter.
- We hit a lot of traffic coming back from the movies.
- You'll hit some nasty thunderstorms if you descend too late.
- (informal) To reach or achieve.
- We hit Detroit at one in the morning but kept driving through the night.
- The temperature could hit 110° F tomorrow.
- The movie hits theaters in December.
- I hit the jackpot.
- (intransitive) To meet or reach what was aimed at or desired; to succeed, often by luck.
- To affect negatively.
- The economy was hit by a recession.
- The hurricane hit his fishing business hard.
- (slang) To kill a person, usually on the instructions of a third party.
- Hit him tonight and throw the body in the river.
- (card games) In blackjack, to deal a card to.
- Hit me.
- (intransitive, baseball) To come up to bat.
- Jones hit for the pitcher.
- (computing, programming) To use; to connect to.
- The external web servers hit DBSRV7, but the internal web server hits DBSRV3.
- (US, slang) To have sex with.
- I'd hit that.
- (US, slang) To inhale an amount of smoke from a narcotic substance, particularly marijuana
- I hit that bong every night after work
- To guess; to light upon or discover.
- (backgammon) To take up, or replace by a piece belonging to the opposing player; said of a single unprotected piece on a point.
- A blow; a punch; a striking against; the collision of one body against another; the stroke that touches anything.
- The hit was very slight.
- A success, especially in the entertainment industry.
- The band played their hit song to the delight of the fans.
- An attack on a location, person or people.
- In the game of Battleship, a correct guess at where one's opponent ship is.
- (computing, Internet) The result(s) of a search of a computer system or, for example, the entire Internet using a search engine
- (Internet) A measured visit to a web site, a request for a single file from a web server.
- My site received twice as many hits after being listed in a search engine.
- An approximately correct answer in a test set.
- (baseball) The complete play, when the batter reaches base without the benefit of a walk, error, or fielder’s choice.
- The catcher got a hit to lead off the fifth.
- (colloquial) A dose of an illegal or addictive drug.
- Where am I going to get my next hit?
- A premeditated murder done for criminal or political purposes.
- (dated) A peculiarly apt expression or turn of thought; a phrase which hits the mark.
- a happy hit
- A game won at backgammon after the adversary has removed some of his men. It counts for less than a gammon.
From Middle English hitten (“to hit, strike, make contact with”), from Old English hittan (“to meet with, come upon, fall in with”), probably of North Germanic origin, from Old Norse hitta (“to strike, meet”), from Proto-Germanic *hitjaną (“to come upon, find”), from Proto-Indo-European *k(')eid- (“to fall, fall upon”). Cognate with Icelandic hitta (“to meet”), Danish hitte (“to find”), Latin caedō (“fall”), Albanian qit (“to hit, throw, pull out, release”).
(subjective and objective hit, reflexive and intensive hitself, possessive adjective and noun hits)
- (dialectal) It.
From Middle English hit (“it”), from Old English hit (“it”), from Proto-Germanic *hit (“this, this one”), from Proto-Indo-European *k'e-, *k'ey- (“this, here”). Cognate with Dutch het (“it”). More at it. Note 'it.
- Acronym of High-intensity Interval Training.
- Acronym of High-Intensity Training.