Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

hit upon

 - definition

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyhit upon
he/she/ithits upon
present participlehitting upon
past tensehit upon
past participlehit upon

Related dictionary definitions

  1. 1
    hit upon something same as hit on (sense 1)

    She hit upon a clever scheme.

  2. 2
    hit upon something same as hit on (sense 2)

    I think he's hit upon the crucial question.

See also main entry: hit

the deep web

a part of the Internet that cannot be accessed with conventional browsers or search tools, often used for illegal activity

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

digital hermit

a person who avoids using modern technologies like e-mail or the Internet

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog