Definition of pitch verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//pɪtʃ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pɪtʃ//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pitch
    BrE BrE//pɪtʃ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pɪtʃ//
    he / she / it pitches
    BrE BrE//ˈpɪtʃɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪtʃɪz//
    past simple pitched
    BrE BrE//pɪtʃt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pɪtʃt//
    past participle pitched
    BrE BrE//pɪtʃt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pɪtʃt//
    -ing form pitching
    BrE BrE//ˈpɪtʃɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪtʃɪŋ//
    Baseball, Golf, Camping, Travelling by boat or ship
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  1. 1[transitive] pitch somebody/something + adv./prep. to throw somebody/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 See related entries: Baseball
  4. 3[intransitive, transitive] pitch (something) + adv./prep. (of the ball in the games of cricket or golf) to hit the ground; to make the ball hit the ground The ball pitched a yard short.
  5. 4[transitive, intransitive] pitch (something) (in golf) to hit the ball in a high curve See related entries: Golf
  6. fall
  7. 5[intransitive] + adv./prep. to fall heavily in a particular direction With a cry she pitched forward.
  8. of ship/aircraft
  9. 6[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. See related entries: Travelling by boat or ship
  10. set level
  11. 7[transitive] to set something at a particular level pitch something (+ adv./prep./adj.) They have pitched their prices too high. pitch something (at something) The test was pitched at too low a level for the students.
  12. try to sell
  13. 8[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.
  14. 9[transitive, intransitive] to try to persuade somebody 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.
  15. sound/music
  16. 10[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
  17. tent
  18. 11[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 See related entries: Camping
  19. Word Originverb Middle English (as a verb in the senses ‘thrust (something pointed) into the ground’ and ‘fall headlong’): perhaps related to Old English picung ‘stigmata’, of unknown ultimate origin. The sense development is obscure.Extra examples Estimates have been deliberately pitched on the conservative side. Her voice was pitched low. If they hit any unseen obstacle they would be pitched headlong into the snow. My dream was to pitch for the Yankees. Perez has pitched effectively this spring. The boat pitched violently in a heavy swell. The price has been pitched quite high. The test is pitched at a high GCSE standard. There was a loud bang and he was pitched from his seat. He pitched against UCLA last week. Orange juice is being pitched as an athlete’s drink. The pitcher pitched the ball right down the middle of the plate. The product is pitched primarily at telecommunications companies.Idioms
    pitch a story/line/yarn (to somebody)
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    (informal) to tell somebody a story or make an excuse that is not true
    Phrasal Verbspitch inpitch somethinginpitch into somebodypitch into somethingpitch up
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