hit Definition

  • 1to bring one's hand, a tool, or a weapon forcefully down on (something or someone) usually with the intention of causing harm or injury
  • 2to come into contact with (something) forcefully and intentionally
  • 3to be successful in achieving (a goal or target)

Using hit: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "hit" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He hit the ball with the bat.

  • Example

    She hit him in the face.

  • Example

    The car hit the tree.

  • Example

    The new song has hit the top of the charts.

  • Example

    I finally hit my sales target for the month.

hit Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using hit

  • hit the nail on the head

    to do or say something exactly right


    When he said that the company needs to focus on customer service, he really hit the nail on the head.

  • to suddenly become very successful or lucky


    After years of struggling, she finally hit the jackpot with her latest invention.

  • hit the road

    to leave or start a journey


    We need to hit the road early if we want to get to the beach before sunset.

Phrases with hit

  • to quickly become good friends with someone


    I met her at the party and we hit it off immediately.

  • to study hard


    I have an exam tomorrow, so I need to hit the books tonight.

  • to start something immediately and with a lot of energy and enthusiasm


    As soon as she started her new job, she hit the ground running and made a great impression on her boss.

Origins of hit

from Old English 'hyttan', meaning 'to come upon, meet with'


Summary: hit in Brief

The verb 'hit' [hɪt] means to strike forcefully with a hand, tool, or weapon, or to come into forceful contact with something. It can also mean to achieve success in a goal or target, as in 'The new song has hit the top of the charts.' Phrases like 'hit it off' denote quickly becoming friends, while idioms like 'hit the nail on the head' mean doing or saying something exactly right.

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