Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word
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.
|present participle||hitting upon|
|past tense||hit upon|
|past participle||hit upon|
This is the American English definition of hit upon. View British English definition of hit upon.
feeling or showing happiness
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