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noun [countable]     hit pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    someone or something that people like very much
    be/prove a hit:

    The car proved an instant hit in the U.S.

    hit with:

    The clown was a huge hit with the children.

    make a hit with someone:

    He’s already made a big hit with the locals.

    1. a.
      a movie, play, or show that is very successful and popular

      The movie was a massive hit at the box office.

      hit movie/show

    2. b.
      a song that sells a very large number of copies

      They played a lot of old hits from the 70s and 80s.

      someone’s greatest hits (=their most successful songs):

      a CD of Madonna’s greatest hits

      hit single/album/record:

      They only ever had one hit single.

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  2. 2
    an occasion when someone or something uses their hand or an object to touch another person or thing with a lot of force
    1. a.
      an occasion when something such as a bomb or bullet lands on something, causing damage
      direct hit:

      The house she lived in during the war received a direct hit.

  3. 3
    a visit by someone to a particular website

    Their website gets a couple of hundred hits a day.

    1. a.
      a piece of information that a computer program finds for you

      I searched for the name “Mundy” and got over 50 hits.

  4. 5
    informal a murder that a criminal does for someone else, usually for money
  5. 6
    informal an occasion when someone uses an illegal drug
    1. a.
      the effect that an illegal drug has on someone who uses it
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