hit

When you hit someone, you smack or strike them — either with an object or with your hand. If you're frustrated about how slowly the traffic is moving, you might hit the dashboard of your car with your fist. Ouch.

A boxer can hit a punching bag, and you can slip and hit your head on a chair. Other kinds of hits include bombs, bullets, or missiles striking targets; assassins or "hitmen" killing someone for pay; and reaching a certain goal, like when you hit a high note or your income hits six figures. You can also colloquially "hit the road," or get going; and "hit up" your friend for five dollars, or ask to borrow it.

Primary Meanings of hit

1.
vn
deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument
the act of contacting one thing with another
2.
vn
reach a destination, either real or abstract
a conspicuous success
3.
vn
encounter by chance
a connection made via the internet to another website
4.
v
gain points in a game
5.
v
produce by manipulating keys or strings of musical instruments, also metaphorically
6.
v
consume to excess
7.
v
pay unsolicited and usually unwanted sexual attention to
8.
n
a dose of a narcotic drug
Full Definitions of hit
1

v deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument

“He hit her hard in the face”
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clap
strike with the flat of the hand; usually in a friendly way, as in encouragement or greeting
bang, slam
strike violently
lace into, lam into, lay into, pitch into, tear into
hit violently, as in an attack
kick
strike with the foot
swipe
strike with a swiping motion
smite
inflict a heavy blow on, with the hand, a tool, or a weapon
hook
hit with a hook
swat
hit swiftly with a violent blow
bash, bonk, bop, sock, whap, whop
hit hard
bean
hit on the head, especially with a pitched baseball
pop
hit or strike
catch, get
reach with a blow or hit in a particular spot
conk
hit, especially on the head
cosh
hit with a cosh, usually on the head
brain
hit on the head
blast, boom, nail, smash
hit hard
crack
hit forcefully; deal a hard blow, making a cracking noise
sandbag, stun
hit something or somebody as if with a sandbag
bat
strike with, or as if with a baseball bat
bat
use a bat
bat
have a turn at bat
cut
hit (a ball) with a spin so that it turns in the opposite direction
poke, pound, thump
hit hard with the hand, fist, or some heavy instrument
smack, thwack
deliver a hard blow to
belt
deliver a blow to
plug, punch
deliver a quick blow to
slog, slug, swig
strike heavily, especially with the fist or a bat
wallop, whack, wham, whop
hit hard
biff, pommel, pummel
strike, usually with the fist
buff, buffet
strike, beat repeatedly
box
hit with the fist
bludgeon, club
strike with a club or a bludgeon
cudgel, fustigate
strike with a cudgel
scuff
poke at with the foot or toe
boot
kick; give a boot to
switch-hit
bat right-handed against a left-handed and left-handed against a right-handed pitcher
Type of:
touch
make physical contact with, come in contact with

v hit with a missile from a weapon

Synonyms:
pip, shoot
strike
make a strategic, offensive, assault against an enemy, opponent, or a target
blast, shoot
fire a shot
pip, shoot
kill by firing a missile
Types:
gun down
strike down or shoot down
grass
shoot down, of birds
kneecap
shoot in the kneecap, often done by terrorist groups as a warning
Type of:
injure, wound
cause injuries or bodily harm to

v hit the intended target or goal

Type of:
bring home the bacon, come through, deliver the goods, succeed, win
attain success or reach a desired goal

v kill intentionally and with premeditation

Synonyms:
bump off, dispatch, murder, off, polish off, remove, slay
Types:
burke
murder without leaving a trace on the body
execute
murder in a planned fashion
Type of:
kill
cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly

v hit against; come into sudden contact with

“The car hit a tree”
Synonyms:
collide with, impinge on, run into, strike
strike
deliver a sharp blow, as with the hand, fist, or weapon
Antonyms:
miss
fail to reach
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stub
strike (one's toe) accidentally against an object
ping
hit with a pinging noise
bang, spang
leap, jerk, bang
rear-end
collide with the rear end of
broadside
collide with the broad side of
connect
land on or hit solidly
spat
strike with a sound like that of falling rain
thud
strike with a dull sound
bottom
strike the ground, as with a ship's bottom
bottom out
hit the ground
bump, knock
knock against with force or violence
bump into, butt against, jar against, knock against, run into
collide violently with an obstacle
clash, collide
crash together with violent impact
glance
hit at an angle
smash
collide or strike violently and suddenly
shock
collide violently
crash, ram
undergo damage or destruction on impact
Type of:
touch
make physical contact with, come in contact with

v cause to move by striking

hit a ball”
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play
shoot or hit in a particular manner
foul
hit a foul ball
cannon
make a cannon
clap
strike together so as to produce a sharp percussive noise
ground out
make an out by hitting the ball on the ground
toe
drive (a golf ball) with the toe of the club
shank
hit (a golf ball) with the heel of a club, causing the ball to veer in the wrong direction
pitch
hit (a golf ball) in a high arc with a backspin
fly
hit a fly
snap
put in play with a snap
whang
propel or hit with force
undercut
strike (the ball) in golf, tennis, or hockey obliquely downward so as to give a backspin or elevation to the shot
putt
strike (a golf ball) lightly, with a putter
heel
strike with the heel of the club
toe
hit (a golf ball) with the toe of the club
bunker
hit a golf ball into a bunker
bounce
hit something so that it bounces
backhand
hit a tennis ball backhand
pop
hit a pop-fly
follow through
carry a stroke to natural completion after hitting or releasing a ball
shell
hit the pitches of hard and regularly
ground
hit onto the ground
ground
hit a groundball
top
strike (the top part of a ball in golf, baseball, or pool) giving it a forward spin
pull
hit in the direction that the player is facing when carrying through the swing
kill
hit with great force
kill
hit with so much force as to make a return impossible, in racket games
connect
hit or play a ball successfully
drive
hit very hard, as by swinging a bat horizontally
drive
strike with a driver, as in teeing off
hole, hole out
hit the ball into the hole
bunt, drag a bunt
hit a ball in such a way so as to make it go a short distance
snick
hit a glancing blow with the edge of the bat
racket
hit (a ball) with a racket
carry, dribble
propel, "Carry the ball"
slice
hit a ball and put a spin on it so that it travels in a different direction
hook
hit a ball and put a spin on it so that it travels to the left
single
hit a single
double
hit a two-base hit
triple
hit a three-base hit
smash
hit (a tennis ball) in a powerful overhead stroke
shoot
throw or propel in a specific direction or towards a specific objective
volley
hit before it touches the ground
croquet
drive away by hitting with one's ball, "croquet the opponent's ball"
loft
kick or strike high in the air
hook
secure with the foot
bounce out
bounce a ball so that it becomes an out
foul out
baseball: hit a ball such that it is caught from an out in foul territory
dunk
make a dunk shot, in basketball
break
make the opening shot that scatters the balls
chip
play a chip shot
carom
make a carom
birdie
shoot in one stroke under par
double birdie, eagle
shoot two strokes under par
double bogey
to shoot two strokes over par
bogey
to shoot in one stroke over par
knuckle
shoot a marble while keeping one's knuckles on the ground
Type of:
impel, propel
cause to move forward with force

v make a strategic, offensive, assault against an enemy, opponent, or a target

Synonyms:
strike
pip, shoot
hit with a missile from a weapon
strike
affect or afflict suddenly, usually adversely
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slice
hit a ball so that it causes a backspin
chop
hit sharply
stroke
strike a ball with a smooth blow
retaliate, strike back
make a counterattack and return like for like, especially evil for evil
Type of:
assail, attack
launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with

v drive something violently into a location

“he hit his fist on the table”
Synonyms:
strike
Types:
smash
hit violently
Type of:
displace, move
cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

v affect or afflict suddenly, usually adversely

“We were hit by really bad weather”
Synonyms:
strike
strike
make a strategic, offensive, assault against an enemy, opponent, or a target
Type of:
affect, bear on, bear upon, impact, touch, touch on
have an effect upon

n the act of contacting one thing with another

“repeated hitting raised a large bruise”
“after three misses she finally got a hit
Synonyms:
hitting, striking
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contusion
the action of bruising
crash, smash
the act of colliding with something
bunt
(baseball) the act of hitting a baseball lightly without swinging the bat
fly, fly ball
(baseball) a hit that flies up in the air
ground ball, groundball, grounder, hopper
(baseball) a hit that travels along the ground
header
(soccer) the act of hitting the ball with your head
scorcher, screamer
a very hard hit ball
plunk, plunker
(baseball) hitting a baseball so that it drops suddenly
impaction, impingement
a sharp collision produced by striking or dashing against something
blast
a very long fly ball
pop fly, pop-fly, pop-up
a short high fly ball
chop, chopper
a grounder that bounces high in the air
roller
a grounder that rolls along the infield
line drive, liner
(baseball) a hit that flies straight out from the batter
flare
(baseball) a fly ball hit a short distance into the outfield
Texas leaguer
(baseball) a fly ball that falls between and infielder and an outfielder
Type of:
touch, touching
the act of putting two things together with no space between them

n (physics) a brief event in which two or more bodies come together

Synonyms:
collision
Type of:
contact, impinging, striking
the physical coming together of two or more things

n (baseball) a successful stroke in an athletic contest (especially in baseball)

“he came all the way around on Williams' hit
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base hit, safety
(baseball) the successful act of striking a baseball in such a way that the batter reaches base safely
home run, homer
a base hit on which the batter scores a run
bingle, single
a base hit on which the batter stops safely at first base
double, two-bagger, two-base hit, two-baser
a base hit on which the batter stops safely at second base
three-bagger, three-base hit, triple
a base hit at which the batter stops safely at third base
Type of:
effort, exploit, feat
a notable achievement

n a murder carried out by an underworld syndicate

“it has all the earmarks of a Mafia hit
Type of:
execution, murder, slaying
unlawful premeditated killing of a human being by a human being
2

v reach a destination, either real or abstract

“We hit Detroit by noon”
“I have to hit the MAC machine before the weekend starts”
Synonyms:
arrive at, attain, gain, make, reach
make
reach in time
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catch up
reach the point where one should be after a delay
scale, surmount
reach the highest point of
access, get at
reach or gain access to
bottom out
reach the low point
peak, top out
to reach the highest point; attain maximum intensity, activity
breast, summit
reach the summit (of a mountain)
top
reach or ascend the top of
make
reach in time
find
succeed in reaching; arrive at
culminate
reach the highest altitude or the meridian, of a celestial body
come through, get through
succeed in reaching a real or abstract destination after overcoming problems
ground, run aground
hit or reach the ground
come back
even the score, in sports
crest
reach a high point

v reach a point in time, or a certain state or level

“The thermometer hit 100 degrees”
Synonyms:
attain, reach
Types:
max out
reach a maximum
break even
attain a level at which there is neither gain nor loss, as in business, gambling, or a competitive sport
Type of:
arrive, come, get
reach a destination; arrive by movement or progress

n a conspicuous success

“that song was his first hit and marked the beginning of his career”
Synonyms:
bang, smash, smasher, strike
Types:
blockbuster, megahit, smash hit
an unusually successful hit with widespread popularity and huge sales (especially a movie or play or recording or novel)
sleeper
an unexpected hit
Type of:
success
an attainment that is successful
3

v encounter by chance

Synonyms:
stumble
Type of:
come by, come into
obtain, especially accidentally

v cause to experience suddenly

“An interesting idea hit her”
Synonyms:
come to, strike
affect, impress, move, strike
have an emotional or cognitive impact upon

n a connection made via the internet to another website

“WordNet gets many hits from users worldwide”
Type of:
connection, connexion, joining
the act of bringing two things into contact (especially for communication)
4

v gain points in a game

“He hit a home run”
“He hit .300 in the past season”
Synonyms:
rack up, score, tally
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par
make a score (on a hole) equal to par
shoot
score
convert
score (a spare)
convert
complete successfully
convert
score an extra point or points after touchdown by kicking the ball through the uprights or advancing the ball into the end zone
homer
hit a home run
kick
make a goal
eagle
shoot in two strokes under par
hole up
score a hole in one
ace
score an ace against
walk
obtain a base on balls
equalise, equalize, get even
compensate; make the score equal
get, have, make
achieve a point or goal
place-kick
score (a goal) by making a place kick
Type of:
advance, gain, gain ground, get ahead, make headway, pull ahead, win
obtain advantages, such as points, etc.
5

v produce by manipulating keys or strings of musical instruments, also metaphorically

Synonyms:
strike
Type of:
touch
make physical contact with, come in contact with
6

v consume to excess

hit the bottle”
Type of:
consume, have, ingest, take, take in
serve oneself to, or consume regularly
7

v pay unsolicited and usually unwanted sexual attention to

“He tries to hit on women in bars”
Type of:
approach
make advances to someone, usually with a proposal or suggestion
8

n a dose of a narcotic drug

Type of:
dosage, dose
a measured portion of medicine taken at any one time

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