—v.t. 1. to deal a blow or stroke to: Hit the nail with the hammer. 2. to come against with an impact or collision, as a missile, a flying fragment, a falling body, or the like: The car hit the tree. 3. to reach with a missile, a weapon, a blow, or the like, as one throwing, shooting, or striking: Did the bullet hit him? 4. to succeed in striking: With his final shot he hit the mark. 5. Baseball. a. to make (a base hit): He hit a single and a home run. b. bat1 (def. 14).
6. to drive or propel by a stroke: to hit a ball onto the green. 7. to have a marked effect or influence on; affect severely: We were all hit by the change in management. 8. to assail effectively and sharply (often fol. by out): The speech hits out at warmongering. 9. to request or demand of: He hit me for a loan. 10. to reach or attain (a specified level or amount): Prices are expected to hit a new low. The new train can hit 100 mph. 11. to be published in or released to; appear in: When will this report hit the papers? What will happen when the story hits the front page? 12. to land on or arrive in: The troops hit the beach at 0800. When does Harry hit town? 13. to give (someone) another playing card, drink, portion, etc.: If the dealer hits me with an ace, I'll win the hand. Bartender, hit me again. 14. to come or light upon; meet with; find: to hit the right road. 15. to agree with; suit exactly: I'm sure this purple shirt will hit Alfred's fancy. 16. to solve or guess correctly; come upon the right answer or solution: You've hit it! 17. to succeed in representing or producing exactly: to hit a likeness in a portrait. 18. Informal.to begin to travel on: Let's hit the road. What time shall we hit the trail?
—v.i. 1. to strike with a missile, a weapon, or the like; deal a blow or blows: The armies hit at dawn. 2. to come into collision (often fol. by against, on, or upon): The door hit against the wall. 3. Slang.to kill; murder.
4. (of an internal-combustion engine) to ignite a mixture of air and fuel as intended: This jalopy is hitting on all cylinders. 5. to come or light (usually fol. by upon or on): to hit on a new way. 6. hit it off,Informal.to be congenial or compatible; get along; agree: We hit it off immediately with the new neighbors. She and her brother had never really hit it off. 7. hit off, a. to represent or describe precisely or aptly: In his new book he hits off the American temperament with amazing insight. b. to imitate, esp. in order to satirize.
8. hit on,Slang.to make persistent sexual advances to: guys who hit on girls at social events. 9. hit out, a. to deal a blow aimlessly: a child hitting out in anger and frustration. b. to make a violent verbal attack: Critics hit out at the administration's new energy policy. 10. hit the books,Slang.to study hard; cram.
11. hit the bottle,Slang.See bottle (def. 4).
12. hit the high spots, a. to go out on the town; go nightclubbing: We'll hit the high spots when you come to town. b. to do something in a quick or casual manner, paying attention to only the most important or obvious facets or items: When I clean the house I hit the high spots and that's about all. This course will hit the high spots of ancient history. 13. hit up,Slang. a. to ask to borrow money from: He hit me up for ten bucks. b. to inject a narcotic drug into a vein.
—n. 1. an impact or collision, as of one thing against another.
2. a stroke that reaches an object; blow.
3. a stroke of satire, censure, etc.: a hit at complacency. 4. Baseball.See base hit. 5. Backgammon. a. a game won by a player after the opponent has thrown off one or more men from the board.
b. any winning game.
6. a successful stroke, performance, or production; success: The play is a hit. 7. Slang.a dose of a narcotic drug.
8. Computers.(in information retrieval) an instance of successfully locating an item of data in the memory bank of a computer.
9. Slang.a killing, murder, or assassination, esp. one carried out by criminal prearrangements.
10. hit or miss, without concern for correctness or detail; haphazardly: The paint job had been done hit or miss.