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American English: /hɪt/
British English: /hɪt/

Translation of hit in Spanish:

transitive verb present participle hitting past tense & past participle hit

  • 1 1.1 (deal blow to)
    dar un golpe en
    pegarle a
    she hit him with her handbag
    le pegó or le dio un golpe con el bolso
    he hit her across the face
    le cruzó la cara
    he hit the table with his fist
    dio un puñetazo en la mesa
    she hit a marvelous backhand
    hizo or dio un maravilloso revés
    to hit a man when he's down
    pegarle a alguien en el suelo
    to hit somebody where it hurts most
    darle a alguien donde más le duele
    to hit the brakes/accelerator [colloquial]
    darle al freno/al acelerador [colloquial]
    (let's) hit it! (US)
    hit it, man! it's nine thirty already!
    ¡apura, hombre, ya son las nueve y media!
    to hit somebody for money/a loan
    pegarle un sablazo a alguien [colloquial]
    tirarle la manga or pechar a alguien (Río de la Plata) [colloquial]
    to hit the road or the trail hit the road, Jack, and don't you ever come back
    carretera y manta, colega, y no vuelvas nunca (Spain) [colloquial]
    to hit the sack or the hay
    irse al catre or al sobre [colloquial]
    irse a la piltra (Spain) [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • The feel of his boot hitting my side brought pain.
    • She let her gaze rest on the slipper for a moment, then brought it forward and hit it on her head.
    • And if you encounter any Mizaya, remember that the only way you can kill them with your weapons is by hitting them in the eyes.
    Example sentences
    • It is believed he was hit by a car and fell backwards, suffering serious head injuries which led to his death 10 days later.
    • The sound of a toolbox hitting the ground brought her head back around.
    • The feel of his arm around me as he made sure my feet hit the ground brought me back to a time I missed.
    1.2 (strike) the hurricane hit the town yesterday
    el huracán se desató sobre la ciudad ayer
    passers-by were hit by flying glass
    los transeúntes fueron alcanzados por trozos de cristal
    the truck hit a tree
    el camión chocó con or contra un árbol
    the house was hit by a bomb
    una bomba cayó sobre la casa
    the bullet hit him in the leg
    la bala le dio or lo alcanzó en la pierna
    I've been hit!
    ¡me han dado!
    we destroyed their camp before they knew what had hit them
    destruimos su campamento antes de que pudieran reaccionar
    that design hits you in the eye as you walk in
    ese diseño es lo primero que salta a la vista al entrar
    you feel nothing for a while; then tiredness hits you
    al principio no sientes nada, luego te entra el cansancio
    to hit one's head/arm on or against something
    darse un golpe en la cabeza/el brazo contra algo
    darse con la cabeza/el brazo contra algo
    to hit the ceiling or the roof
    Example sentences
    • Trinity gasped as she sat up, her side hurt from hitting herself in her sleep.
    • I managed to swerve and avoid hitting them but I grazed the bicycle and we all fell.
    • It was so dark out in the halls that he did not see the door and wound up hitting his head against it.
  • 2 2.1 (strike accurately)
    dar en
    her jibes had hit their mark
    sus burlas habían dado en el blanco
    you've hit it exactly
    has dado justo en el clavo
    he doesn't seem to be hitting the high notes properly
    parece que no llega bien a los agudos
    Example sentences
    • Mr Sykes, 52, an epileptic, was nearly hit by the missiles and later suffered a minor fit he blames on the attack.
    • It had not been hit by a missile either, nor had there been an onboard fire.
    • The missiles hit the target with a force the size of the planet they were orbiting.
    2.2 (attack)
    the critics hit the new play hard
    los críticos arremetieron contra la nueva obra
    thieves have hit many stores in the area (US)
    ha habido robos en muchas tiendas de la zona
    Example sentences
    • Computer thieves hit Mesh Computers last night and swiped its office admin PCs.
    2.3 (score) (Sport)
    to hit a home run
    hacer un cuadrangular
    hacer un jonrón (Latin America)
    Example sentences
    • Under pressure to hit it quickly, the midfielder boomed his shot high over the crossbar.
    • But Kitna quieted them quickly, hitting his first two passes for 25 yards.
    • Mealey has a knack for hitting the hole quickly and bouncing off defenders.
    Example sentences
    • Most nights, Kent would decline to shake hands when returning to the dugout after scoring a run or hitting a home run.
    • Peter Allen hits a home run off of Carol Channing, scoring two runs.
    • So, if you hit a home run you get one because you have scored.
  • 3 (affect adversely) the strikes have hit production badly
    las huelgas han afectado gravemente a la producción
    the low-income groups are hardest hit
    los grupos de bajos ingresos son los más afectados
    think how it would hit your family
    piensa qué golpe sería eso para tu familia
    Example sentences
    • I believe the charging regime is hitting local York businesses hard, and have never seen Micklegate so quiet as it has been in recent weeks.
    • News that the property was to be demolished and redeveloped came as a relief to businesses which had been hit by the closure.
    • Clearly, the downward turn in the business cycle is hitting Germany hard.
  • 4 4.1 (meet with, run into)
    toparse con
    Example sentences
    • A group were handing out leaflets at the weekend in part of Oldham, hit by recent race riots, when police moved in.
    • The management committee at the St Michael's Centre is understood to have been hit by a massive rent increase.
    • Others report that some of BT's websites have also been hit by the snag.
    4.2 (reach)
    llegar a
    the price of oil hit $40 a barrel
    el precio del petróleo llegó a or alcanzó los 40 dólares por barril
    the dollar hit a new high
    la cotización del dólar alcanzó un nuevo récord
    we're bound to hit the main road sooner or later
    tarde o temprano tenemos que salir a la carretera principal
    to hit town [colloquial]
    llegar a la ciudad
    to hit the headlines
    salir en primera plana
    his record first hit the charts two weeks ago
    su disco entró por primera vez en las listas hace dos semanas
    to hit the big time
    llegar a la fama
    this model will hit the market in 2005
    este modelo se lanzará al mercado en 2005
    a new craze has hit the streets
    una nueva moda está haciendo furor en las calles
    Example sentences
    • Zimbabwe faces its fourth straight year of falling growth, while inflation is likely to hit triple figures.
    • The advent of the free Metro newspapers in the main cities is likely to hit these figures even more.
    • Consumer optimism continues to rise, hitting its highest level since November 2001.
  • 5 (occur to) suddenly it hit me: why not … ?
    de repente se me ocurrió: ¿por qué no … ?
    it suddenly hit me where I'd seen him before
    de repente caí en la cuenta or me di cuenta de dónde lo había visto antes

intransitive verb present participle hitting past tense & past participle hit


  • 2 (success) [colloquial] the Beatles' Greatest Hits
    los Grandes Éxitos de los Beatles
    the show/song was a big hit
    el espectáculo/la canción fue un gran éxito
    el espectáculo/la canción fue un exitazo [colloquial]
    to score a hit
    marcar un gol [colloquial]
    he's a big hit with the teenyboppers
    es muy popular entre los quinceañeros
    you made a big hit with my mother
    le caíste muy bien a mi madre
    mi madre quedó impactada contigo
    (before noun) (song/record/show)
    de gran éxito
    Example sentences
    • He is the man behind some of the biggest hits in the Malayalam film industry.
    • This was followed, in the 1940s, by a succession of cartoon film hits: Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo and Bambi.
    • So if I win for a role, and if the film is a big hit, I can share it with everybody.
    Example sentences
    • Not all your designs have been immediate hits.
    • Immediate hits with both travelers and the industry, Web fares weren't even part of the airlines' original plan.
    • Despite the aerodynamic challenges, the car ran very fast and was a big hit with the fans.
  • 3 (murder) [slang]
    Example sentences
    • He had been offered $50,000 to carry out the hit, and was jailed for life for the contract killing.
    • Mr Hale claims he has also received underworld information which points to the murder being a professional hit.
    • There was no secret as to the identity of the organisation that carried out the hits or its demands.
  • 4 (drugs) (US) [slang]
    Example sentences
    • One night he took a bong hit of a dried plant, and it nearly killed him.
    • This can whack up the crime rate big time as people steel and commit offences to pay for the next hit.
    • But if we start to legalese soft drugs then people will move onto a bigger hit and we will have a more violent society.
  • 5 (Computing)
    Example sentences
    • One of the articles gives the botanical name of St. John's wort; she searches on that term; this search results in eight hits.
    • Also, there appears to be a strange priorization thing going on with hits during a search.
    • And there are fewer than a hundred hits when searching for anything in the field.
    Example sentences
    • The Napster case must have increased the music service's hit rate.
    • A few accolades for a well written, yet vitriolic post, a few extra hits, a few more readers.
    • In fact, the contract with the advertiser may specify that payment is by results, measured by hits or clickthroughs.

Phrasal verbs

hit back

1verb + adverb
devolver el golpe
to hit back at somebody/somethingshe hit back at her critics
arremetió contra sus detractores
they'll hit back if we start poaching their customers
van a tomar represalias si empezamos a robarles clientes
2verb + object + adverb
devolverle el golpe a

hit off

1verb + object + adverbto hit it off with somebody
congeniar con alguien
Pete and Sue hit it off immediately
Pete y Sue enseguida congeniaron
Pete y Sue se cayeron bien desde el principio
I didn't exactly hit it off with his family
a su familia no le caí muy bien, que digamos
2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object (mimic)

hit on

verb + preposition + object
1 (think of)
dar con
he hit on the idea of …
se le ocurrió la idea de …
2 (make sexual advances to) (US) [slang]
tratar de ligarse a [colloquial]
tirarse un lance con (Río de la Plata) [colloquial]
afanar (Peru) [colloquial]
3 (ask for) (US) [slang]to hit on somebody for something
pedirle algo a alguien
sablearle algo a alguien [colloquial]
manguearle algo a alguien (Río de la Plata) [slang]

hit out

verb + adverb
1 (strike)to hit out (at something/somebody)
pegarle (a algo/alguien)
2 (attack verbally)to hit out at or against something/somebody
atacar algo/a alguien
arremeter contra algo/alguien

hit up

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object (US)
[colloquial] hit on 3

hit upon

hit on 1
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