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Pronunciation: /hɪt/

Translation of hit in Spanish:

transitive verb/verbo transitivo (present participle/participio presente hitting past tense & past participle/pasado y participio pasado, hit)

  • 1 1.1 (deal blow to) [door/table] dar* un golpe en, golpear; [person] 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 algn en el suelo to hit sb where it hurts most darle* a algn donde más le duele to hit the brakes/accelerator [colloquial/familiar] darle* al freno/al acelerador [colloquial/familiar] (let's) hit it! (American English/inglés norteamericano) ¡dale!, ¡rápido! hit it, man! it's nine thirty already! ¡apura, hombre, ya son las nueve y media! to hit sb for money/a loan pegarle* un sablazo a algn [colloquial/familiar], tirarle la manga or pechar a algn (River Plate area/Río de la Plata) [colloquial/familiar] to hit the road o the trail ponerse* en marcha hit the road, Jack, and don't you ever come back vamos, andando, y no te aparezcas más por aquí or (Spain/España) [colloquial/familiar] carretera y manta, colega, y no vuelvas nunca to hit the sack o the hay irse* al catre or al sobre or (in Spain also/en España también) a la piltra [colloquial/familiar]
    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) golpear 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 o against sth darse* un golpe en la cabeza/el brazo contra algo, darse* con la cabeza/el brazo contra algo to hit the ceiling o the roof poner* el grito en el cielo
    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) [target] 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 2.2 (attack) [opponent/enemy] atacar* the critics hit the new play hard los críticos arremetieron contra la nueva obra thieves have hit many stores in the area (American English/inglés norteamericano) 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/Deporte] anotarse, marcar* to hit a home run hacer* un cuadrangular or (Latin America/América Latina) un jonrón
    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.
    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) afectar (a) 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) [difficulty/problem] toparse con 4.2 (reach) llegar* a, alcanzar* 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/familiar] 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
    • 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.
  • 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
  • 6 (murder) [slang/argot] liquidar [colloquial/familiar], cepillarse (Spain/España) [slang/argot], limpiar (River Plate area/Río de la Plata) [slang/argot]
    Example sentences
    • Thank you to everyone who hit the Laptop Fund Paypal button in the past two weeks.
    • He pulled out two dollars and put it in the machine before hitting the Mountain Dew button.
    • He hit the gate control button and the gate lifted, allowing for the van to pass through.
    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.
    Example sentences
    • He might spot them in time to hit me with another dose of the sedative and then I'd be in deep, deep trouble.

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo (present participle/participio presente hitting past tense & past participle/pasado y participio pasado, hit)


  • 2 (success) [colloquial/familiar] éxito (masculine) 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 or [colloquial/familiar] un exitazo to score a hit marcar* un gol [colloquial/familiar] 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/delante del nombre) [song/record/show] de gran éxito

Phrasal verbs

hit back

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio devolver* el golpeto hit back at sb/sth she 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 1.1verb + object + adverb/verbo + complemento + adverbio devolverle* el golpe a

hit off

verb + object + adverb/verbo + complemento + adverbio to hit it off with sb congeniar con algn 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 1.1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento (mimic) imitar

hit on

verb + preposition + object/verbo + preposición + complemento
1.1 (think of) [solution] dar* con he hit on the idea of … se le ocurrió la idea de … 1.2 (make sexual advances to) (American English/inglés norteamericano) [slang/argot], tratar de ligarse a [colloquial/familiar], tirarse un lance con (River Plate area/Río de la Plata) [colloquial/familiar], afanar (Peru/Perú) [colloquial/familiar] 1.3 (ask for) (American English/inglés norteamericano) [slang/argot]to hit on sb for sth pedirle* or [colloquial/familiar] sablearle or (River Plate area/Río de la Plata) [slang/argot] manguearle algo a algn

hit out

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio
1.1 (strike) to hit out (at sth/sb) pegarle* (a algo/algn) 1.2 (attack verbally) to hit out at oagainst sth/sb atacar* algo/a algn, arremeter contra algo/algn

hit up

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento (American English/inglés norteamericano)
[colloquial/familiar] hit on 3

hit upon

hit on 1

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