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Definition of pitch verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pitch
    he / she / it pitches
    past simple pitched
    -ing form pitching
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  1. 1[transitive] pitch somebody/something + adv./prep. to throw someone or something with force The explosion pitched her violently into the air. (figurative) The new government has already been pitched into a crisis.
  2. in sports
  3. 2[intransitive, transitive] pitch (something) (in baseball) to throw the ball to the person who is batting note at baseball
  4. 3[transitive, intransitive] pitch (something) (in golf) to hit the ball in a high curve
  5. fall
  6. 4[intransitive] + adv./prep. to fall heavily in a particular direction With a cry, she pitched forward.
  7. try to sell
  8. 5[transitive] to aim or direct a product or service at a particular group of people pitch something (at somebody) The new software is being pitched at banks. pitch something (as something) Orange juice is to be pitched as an athlete's drink.
  9. 6[transitive, intransitive] to try to persuade someone to buy something, to give you something, or to make a business deal with you pitch something Representatives went to Japan to pitch the company's newest products. pitch (for something) We were pitching against a much larger company for the contract.
  10. set level
  11. 7[transitive] to set something at a particular level pitch something (+ adv./prep.) They have pitched their prices too high. pitch something (at something) The test was pitched at too low a level for the students.
  12. sound/music
  13. 8[transitive] pitch something + adj. to produce a sound or piece of music at a particular level You pitched that note a little flat. The song was pitched too low for my voice. see also high-pitched, low-pitched
  14. tent
  15. 9[transitive] pitch something to set up a tent or a camp for a short time We could pitch our tent in that field. They pitched camp for the night near the river. see also pitched
  16. of ship/aircraft
  17. 10[intransitive] to move up and down on the water or in the air The sea was rough and the ship pitched and rolled all night.
  18. Idioms
    pitch a story/line/yarn (to somebody) (informal)
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    to tell someone a story or make an excuse that is not true
    Phrasal Verbspitch in (with somebody/something)pitch somethinginpitch into something
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: pitch