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



    BrE BrE//ʃuːt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃuːt//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they shoot
    BrE BrE//ʃuːt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃuːt//
    he / she / it shoots
    BrE BrE//ʃuːts//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃuːts//
    past simple shot
    BrE BrE//ʃɒt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃɑːt//
    past participle shot
    BrE BrE//ʃɒt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃɑːt//
    -ing form shooting
    BrE BrE//ˈʃuːtɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃuːtɪŋ//
    Soccer, Golf, Basketball, Making films, Conflict
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  1. 1  [intransitive, transitive] to fire a gun or other weapon; to fire something from a weapon Don't shoot—I surrender. shoot (something) (at somebody/something) troops shooting at the enemy The police rarely shoot to kill (= try to kill the people they shoot at). shoot something (from something) He shot an arrow from his bow. They shot the lock off (= removed it by shooting). CollocationsWar and peaceStarting a war declare/​make/​wage war (on somebody/​something) go to war (against/​with somebody) cause/​spark/​provoke/​foment/​quell unrest incite/​lead/​crush/​suppress a revolt/​rebellion launch/​mount/​carry out a surprise/​terrorist attack prevent/​halt/​represent an escalation of the conflict be torn apart by/​be on the brink of civil war enter/​invade/​occupy somebody’s territory lead/​launch/​resist/​repel an invasionMilitary operations adopt/​develop/​implement/​pursue a military strategy carry out/​execute/​perform military operations/​manoeuvres/(especially US English) maneuvers send/​deploy/​station/​pull back/​withdraw troops go on/​fly/​carry out a reconnaissance/​rescue mission train/​equip/​deploy army/​military/​combat units lead/​launch/​conduct a raid/​a surprise attack/​an (air/​airborne/​amphibious) assault (on somebody) employ/​use guerrilla tactics conduct/​wage biological/​guerrilla warfare fight/​crush/​defeat the rebels/​the insurgency suffer/​inflict a crushing defeat achieve/​win a decisive victory halt/​stop the British/​German/​Russian advance order/​force a retreatFighting join/​serve in the army/​navy/​air force be/​go/​remain/​serve on active duty serve/​complete/​return from a tour of duty be sent to the front (line) attack/​strike/​engage/​defeat/​kill/​destroy the enemy see/​report/​be engaged in heavy fighting call for/​be met with armed resistance come under heavy/​machine-gun/​mortar fire fire a machine-gun/​mortar shells/​rockets (at somebody/​something) shoot a rifle/​a pistol/​bullets/​missiles launch/​fire a cruise/​ballistic/​anti-tank missile use biological/​chemical/​nuclear weapons inflict/​suffer/​sustain heavy losses/​casualties be hit/​killed by enemy/​friendly/​artillery fire become/​be held as a prisoner of warCivilians in war harm/​kill/​target/​protect innocent/​unarmed civilians cause/​avoid/​limit/​minimize civilian casualties/​collateral damage impose/​enforce/​lift a curfew engage in/​be a victim of ethnic cleansing be sent to an internment/​a concentration camp accept/​house/​resettle refugees fleeing from war fear/​threaten military/​violent reprisals commit/​be accused of war crimes/​crimes against humanity/​genocideMaking peace make/​bring/​win/​achieve/​maintain/​promote peace call for/​negotiate/​broker/​declare a ceasefire/​a temporary truce sign a ceasefire agreement call for/​bring/​put an end to hostilities demand/​negotiate/​accept the surrender of somebody/​something establish/​send (in) a peacekeeping force negotiate/​conclude/​ratify/​sign/​accept/​reject/​break/​violate a peace treaty See related entries: Conflict
  2. 2  [transitive] to kill or wound a person or an animal with a bullet, etc. shoot somebody/something/yourself A man was shot in the leg. He shot himself during a fit of depression. The guards were ordered to shoot on sight anyone trying to escape. shoot somebody/something + adj. Three people were shot dead during the robbery.
  3. 3[transitive, intransitive] shoot (something) (of a gun or other weapon) to fire bullets, etc. This is just a toy gun—it doesn't shoot real bullets.
  4. for sport
  5. 4  [transitive, intransitive] shoot (something) to hunt and kill birds and animals with a gun as a sport to shoot pheasants They go shooting in Scotland.
  6. move quickly
  7. 5  [intransitive, transitive] to move suddenly or quickly in one direction; to make somebody/something move in this way + adv./prep. A plane shot across the sky. His hand shot out to grab her. Flames were shooting up through the roof. (figurative) The band's last single shot straight to number one in the charts. shoot something + adv./prep. He shot out his hand to grab her.
  8. of pain
  9. 6[intransitive] to move suddenly and quickly and be very sharp a shooting pain in the back + adv./prep. The pain shot up her arm.
  10. direct at somebody
  11. 7[transitive, no passive] to direct something at somebody suddenly or quickly shoot something at somebody Journalists were shooting questions at the candidates. She shot an angry glance at him. shoot somebody something She shot him an angry glance.
  12. film/photograph
  13. 8  [intransitive, transitive] to make a film/movie or photograph of something Cameras ready? OK, shoot! shoot something (+ adv./prep.) Where was the movie shot? The movie was shot in black and white. See related entries: Making films
  14. in sports
  15. 9[intransitive, transitive] (in football (soccer ), hockey, etc.) to try to kick, hit or throw the ball into a goal or to score a point shoot (at something) He should have shot instead of passing. (especially North American English) shoot something After school we'd be on the driveway shooting baskets (= playing basketball). See related entries: Soccer, Basketball
  16. 10[transitive] shoot something (informal) (in golf) to make a particular score in a complete round or competition She shot a 75 in the first round. See related entries: Golf
  17. play game
  18. 11[transitive] shoot something (especially North American English) to play particular games to shoot pool
  19. Word OriginOld English scēotan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch scieten and German sciessen, also to sheet, the noun shot, and shut.Extra examples Any intruders will be shot on sight. Four policemen were fatally shot in the incident. Four protestors were shot and killed by police. He accidentally shot himself in the foot. He was shot in the back. I thought for a moment that he was going to shoot. If caught, the men could be summarily shot as spies. If they shoot, we shoot back. She practised for days until she could shoot straight. She was shot to death for a crime she did not commit. She was shot with a small automatic pistol. The airliner was shot down near Korea. The police shot him dead. The soldiers shot back at invading planes with rifles. The soldiers were shooting at a target. The soldiers were told to shoot to kill. Troops shot into the air to stop the rioting. a shoot-to-kill policy A cat shot out into the road in front of him. Does this gun actually shoot? Don’t shoot— I surrender. Have you ever shot a gun before? He shot an arm out to stop her. He was involved in a serious shooting incident. I saw someone shooting past the window. The guards were ordered to shoot on sight anyone trying to escape. The police rarely shoot to kill. They began shooting at the enemy. This is just a toy gun — it doesn’t shoot real bullets.Idioms
    be like shooting fish in a barrel
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    (informal) used to emphasize how easy it is to do something What do you mean you can't do it? It'll be like shooting fish in a barrel!
    be/get shot of somebody/something
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    (British English, informal) to get rid of somebody/something so you no longer have the problems they cause I'll be glad to get shot of this car.
    (informal) to have used all your power, money or supplies (North American English, informal) to have a conversation in an informal way synonym chat We sat around in the bar, shooting the breeze. to react quickly without thinking carefully first
    shoot it out (with somebody)
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    (informal) to fight against somebody with guns, especially until one side is killed or defeated The gang decided to shoot it out with the police. related noun shoot-out
    to blame the person who gives the news that something bad has happened, instead of the person who is really responsible Don't shoot the messenger!
      shoot your mouth off (about something) (informal)
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    1. 1to talk with too much pride about something See related entries: Proud
    2. 2to talk about something that is private or secret
    to go in a boat over part of a river where the water flows very fast See related entries: Travelling by boat or ship
    shoot yourself in the foot
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    (informal) to do or say something that will cause you a lot of trouble or harm, especially when you are trying to get an advantage for yourself
    Phrasal Verbsshoot down somebodyshoot for somethingshoot offshoot something offshoot throughshoot upshoot somethingup
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