Definition of hit noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//hɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//hɪt//
    Listening to music
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    act of hitting
  1. 1  an act of hitting somebody/something with your hand or with an object held in your hand Give it a good hit. He made the winning hit.
  2. 2  an occasion when something that has been thrown, fired, etc. at an object reaches that object The bomber scored a direct hit on the bridge. The aircraft suffered seven hits in the raid. We finished the first round with a score of two hits and six misses.
  3. something popular
  4. 3  a person or thing that is very popular The duo were a real hit in last year's show. a hit musical The film was a hit for him in 2008. Her new series is a smash hit.
  5. pop music
  6. 4  a successful pop song or record They are about to release an album of their greatest hits. She played all her old hits. a hit record/single See related entries: Listening to music
  7. of drug
  8. 5(slang) an amount of an illegal drug that is taken at one time a hit of cocaine/heroin
  9. murder
  10. 6(slang, especially North American English) a violent crime or murder see also hitman
  11. computing
  12. 7 an occasion on which a web page is displayed or a file is downloaded from the Internet Our website is getting a lot of hits from the USA. How many hits did you get?
  13. Word Originlate Old English hittan (in the sense ‘come upon, find’), from Old Norse hitta ‘come upon, meet with’, of unknown origin.Extra examples He claimed that a hit man had been paid $20 000 to kill him. One of the tanks took a direct hit. She is here to promote her latest chart hit. She was at the top of the terrorists’ hit list for over two years. She was at the top of the terrorists’ hit list= list of people they intended to kill. The band are here to promote their latest chart hit. The series has been a big hit with children. The single was number one in the British hit parade Which services are on the government’s hit list? He shot to fame in the hit TV show, ‘Friends’. He’s just about to star in the smash hit musical, ‘Chicago’. She had a hit with ‘Only You’. The fast-fit centres have proved a hit with motorists. The film was a hit for him in 1996. This is her third Number One hit record. We finished the first round with a score of two hits and six misses.Idioms
    be/make a hit (with somebody)
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    to be liked very much by somebody when they first meet you You’ve made a big hit with Bill.
    to be damaged or badly affected by something The airline industry took a hit last year.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: hit