Synonyms of strike in English:



  • 1 the teacher actually struck and hurt Mary
    hit, slap, smack, beat, thrash, spank, thump, thwack, punch, cuff, crack, swat, knock, rap; pummel, pound, batter, pelt, welt, assault, box someone's ears; cane, lash, whip, club, cudgel
    Australian/New Zealand informal quilt
    literary smite
  • 2 at seven sharp he struck the gong
    bang, beat, hit, pound
    informal bash, wallop
  • 3 the stolen car struck a tree
    crash into, collide with, be in collision with, hit, run into, knock into, bang into, bump into, smash into, slam into, crack into/against, dash against; North Americanimpact
  • 4 Jennifer struck the ball into the back of the net
    hit, drive, propel, force
    informal clout, wallop, slam, swipe, welly
    British informal welly
  • 5 he struck a match and lit the oil lamp
    ignite, light
    [Antonyms] extinguish
  • 6 she was counting the day's takings when the killer struck
    attack, make an attack/assault, set upon someone, fall on someone, assault someone
  • 7 the disease is striking 3,000 people a year
    affect, afflict, attack, hit, come upon, smite
  • 8 democratic societies must strike a balance between order and freedom
    achieve, reach, arrive at, find, attain, effect, establish
  • 9 we have struck a satisfactory bargain
    agree, agree on, come to an agreement on, settle on, sign, endorse, ratify, sanction
    informal clinch
  • 10 the picture showed him striking a heroic pose
    assume, adopt, take on, take up, affect, feign, put on
    North American informal cop
  • 11 the engineers had struck oil
  • 12 a thought suddenly struck her
    occur to, come to, dawn on one, hit; come to mind, spring to mind, enter one's head, present itself, come into one's consciousness
  • 13 you strike me as an intelligent young woman
    seem to, appear to, look to; give someone the impression of being; impress, affect, have an impact on
  • 14 our drivers are striking and demanding guarantees of their safety
    take industrial action, go on strike, down tools, walk out, work to rule; mutiny, rebel, revolt
  • 15 they are about to strike the big tent
    [Antonyms] pitch
  • 16 Lord Bridport struck his flag
    [Antonyms] hoist
  • 17 he ordered the driver to strike south towards the Thames
    go, make one's way, set out, head, direct one's footsteps, move towards
  • Phrases

    strike back

    the mayor struck back, threatening to suefight backretaliatehit backrespondreactreplyreciprocatecounterattackreturn firereturn the complimentput up a fighttake the baitrise to the baitreturn like for likeget back at someonegetgive tit for tatgive as good as one getslet someone see how it feelsgive someone a dose/taste of their own medicinehave/get/take one's revengetake/exact/wreak revengebe revengedrevenge oneselfavenge oneselftake reprisalsget eveneven the scoresettle a/the scoresettle accountspay someone back (in their own coin)pay someone outrepay someoneexact retributiontake an eye for an eye (and a tooth for a tooth) informalgive someone their comeuppanceBritish informalget one's own back raregive someone a Roland for an Oliver

    strike something out

    deletecross outeraserub outobliterate

    strike something up

  • 1 the accompanist struck up ‘Land of Hope and Glory’
    begin to play, start to play, begin/start/commence playing, embark on
  • 2 we struck up a friendship
    begin, start, embark on, set going, initiate, instigate, establish
    formal commence
  • noun

    Back to top  
  • 1 staff held a 48-hour strike
  • 2 an imminent military strike
    attack, air strike, air attack, assault, bombing, blitz
  • 3 a lucky strike in 1848 gave rise to the term ‘gold rush’
  • Definition of strike in:

    Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

    Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

    Word of the day anomalous
    Pronunciation: əˈnɒm(ə)ləs
    deviating from what is standard, normal, or expected