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English noun: hit

1. hit (act) (baseball) a successful stroke in an athletic contest (especially in baseball)

SamplesHe came all the way around on Williams' hit.

Broader (hypernym)effort, exploit, feat

Narrower (hyponym)base hit, safety

Domain categorybaseball, baseball game

2. hit (act) the act of contacting one thing with another

SamplesRepeated hitting raised a large bruise.
After three misses she finally got a hit.

Synonymshitting, striking

Broader (hypernym)touch, touching

Narrower (hyponym)bunt, contusion, crash, fly, fly ball, ground ball, groundball, grounder, header, hopper, plunk, plunker, scorcher, screamer, smash

3. hit (act) a conspicuous success

SamplesThat song was his first hit and marked the beginning of his career.
That new Broadway show is a real smasher.
The party went with a bang.

Synonymsbang, smash, smasher, strike

Broader (hypernym)success

Narrower (hyponym)blockbuster, megahit, sleeper, smash hit

4. hit (event) (physics) a brief event in which two or more bodies come together

SamplesThe collision of the particles resulted in an exchange of energy and a change of direction.


Broader (hypernym)contact, impinging, striking

Domain categorynatural philosophy, physics

5. hit (artifact) a dose of a narcotic drug

Broader (hypernym)dosage, dose

6. hit (act) a murder carried out by an underworld syndicate

SamplesIt has all the earmarks of a Mafia hit.

Broader (hypernym)execution, murder, slaying

7. hit (act) a connection made via the internet to another website

SamplesWordNet gets many hits from users worldwide.

Broader (hypernym)connection, connexion, joining

English verb: hit

1. hit (contact) cause to move by striking

SamplesHit a ball.

ExamplesThe children hit the ball

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)impel, propel

Narrower (hyponym)backhand, bounce, bunker, bunt, cannon, carry, clap, connect, croquet, double, drag a bunt, dribble, drive, drive, fly, follow through, foul, ground, ground, ground out, heel, hole, hole out, hook, kill, kill, loft, pitch, play, pop, pull, putt, racket, shank, shell, shoot, single, slice, smash, snap, snick, toe, toe, top, triple, undercut, volley, whang

2. hit (contact) hit against; come into sudden contact with

SamplesThe car hit a tree.
He struck the table with his elbow.

ExamplesThe car hits the tree

Synonymscollide with, impinge on, run into, strike

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)touch

Narrower (hyponym)bang, bottom, bottom out, broadside, bump, bump into, butt against, clash, collide, connect, glance, jar against, knock, knock against, ping, rear-end, run into, spang, spat, stub, thud

Verb groupstrike


3. hit (contact) deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument

SamplesHe hit her hard in the face.

ExamplesThe fighter managed to hit his opponent

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody with something

Broader (hypernym)touch

Narrower (hyponym)bang, bash, bat, bat, bat, bean, belt, biff, blast, bludgeon, bonk, boom, bop, box, brain, buff, buffet, catch, clap, club, conk, cosh, crack, cudgel, cut, fustigate, get, hook, kick, lace into, lam into, lay into, nail, pitch into, plug, poke, pommel, pop, pound, pummel, punch, sandbag, slam, slog, slug, smack, smash, smite, sock, stun, swat, swig, swipe, tear into, thump, thwack, wallop, whack, wham, whap, whop, whop

4. hit (motion) reach a destination, either real or abstract

SamplesWe hit Detroit by noon.
The water reached the doorstep.
We barely made it to the finish line.
I have to hit the MAC machine before the weekend starts.

ExamplesThey hit the water

Synonymsarrive at, attain, gain, make, reach

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)access, bottom out, breast, catch up, come through, culminate, find, get at, get through, ground, make, peak, run aground, scale, summit, surmount, top, top out

Entailgo, locomote, move, travel

Verb groupmake

5. hit (contact) affect or afflict suddenly, usually adversely

SamplesWe were hit by really bad weather.
He was stricken with cancer when he was still a teenager.
The earthquake struck at midnight.

ExamplesThe wind storms hit the area with dust and dirt


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)affect, bear on, bear upon, impact, touch, touch on

Verb grouphit, strike

6. hit (competition) hit with a missile from a weapon

Synonymspip, shoot

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)injure, wound

Narrower (hyponym)grass, gun down, kneecap

Verb groupblast, hit, pip, shoot, shoot, strike

7. hit (possession) encounter by chance

SamplesI stumbled across a long-lost cousin last night in a restaurant.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)come by, come into

8. hit (competition) gain points in a game

SamplesThe home team scored many times.
He hit a home run.
He hit .300 in the past season.

Synonymsrack up, score, tally

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)advance, gain, gain ground, get ahead, make headway, pull ahead, win

Narrower (hyponym)ace, convert, convert, convert, eagle, equalise, equalize, get, get even, have, hole up, homer, kick, make, par, shoot, walk

Entailcompete, contend, vie

9. hit (perception) cause to experience suddenly

SamplesPanic struck me.
An interesting idea hit her.
A thought came to me.
The thought struck terror in our minds.
They were struck with fear.

Synonymscome to, strike

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody

Verb groupaffect, impress, move, strike

10. hit (competition) make a strategic, offensive, assault against an enemy, opponent, or a target

SamplesThe Germans struck Poland on Sept. 1, 1939.
We must strike the enemy's oil fields.
In the fifth inning, the Giants struck, sending three runners home to win the game 5 to 2.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)assail, attack

Narrower (hyponym)chop, retaliate, slice, strike back, stroke

Verb grouphit, hit, pip, shoot, strike

11. hit (social) kill intentionally and with premeditation

SamplesThe mafia boss ordered his enemies murdered.

ExamplesSam cannot hit Sue

Synonymsbump off, dispatch, murder, off, polish off, remove, slay

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)kill

Narrower (hyponym)burke, execute

12. hit (motion) drive something violently into a location

SamplesHe hit his fist on the table.
She struck her head on the low ceiling.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)displace, move

Narrower (hyponym)smash

13. hit (motion) reach a point in time, or a certain state or level

SamplesThe thermometer hit 100 degrees.
This car can reach a speed of 140 miles per hour.

Synonymsattain, reach

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)arrive, come, get

Narrower (hyponym)break even, max out

14. hit (contact) produce by manipulating keys or strings of musical instruments, also metaphorically

SamplesThe pianist strikes a middle C.
Strike `z' on the keyboard.
Her comments struck a sour note.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)touch

15. hit (consumption) consume to excess

SamplesHit the bottle.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)consume, have, ingest, take, take in

16. hit (competition) hit the intended target or goal

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)bring home the bacon, come through, deliver the goods, succeed, win

Entailaim, direct, take, take aim, train

17. hit (communication) pay unsolicited and usually unwanted sexual attention to

SamplesHe tries to hit on women in bars.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)approach

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