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verb shoot pronunciation in American English /ʃut/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleshooting
past tenseshot
past participleshot
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to fire a gun
    We were ordered not to shoot until he gave the signal.
    shoot at: They were shooting at bottles on a wall.
    shoot (someone) on sight (=to shoot someone as soon as you see them): The police officers had instructions to shoot the kidnapper on sight.
    shoot to kill (=to intend to kill someone when you shoot at them): It’s not clear whether they were shooting to kill.
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    1. b.
      [transitive] to hit someone or something with a bullet from a gun
      shoot someone in the head/leg/stomach etc.: The man was shot in the head as he left the bar.
      shoot someone dead: Two of our officers were shot dead.
      shoot someone at close range (=to be very close to them when you shoot): The victim had been shot at close range.
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] in a sport, to throw or kick a ball in an attempt to score points
    She shot the ball from the foul line and scored her first point.
    He hasn’t been shooting very well this season.
    1. a.
      [transitive] in golf, to get a particular score
      He shot a 68 in yesterday’s round.
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    2. b.
      [transitive] to play a particular sport
      shoot baskets/hoops (=to play basketball): The kids were in the yard shooting hoops.
      shoot pool: Let’s go over to Harry’s and shoot some pool.
  3. 3
    [intransitive] to move very suddenly and quickly
    shoot into/out of/across something: The car shot across the road at high speed.
    They could see flames shooting into the air.
    1. a.
      [transitive] to move something quickly and suddenly
      shoot something out/into/across etc.: She shot an arm out to catch the ball.
    2. b.
      [transitive] to direct something somewhere suddenly or with a lot of force
      shoot a look/glance at someone: I shot a nervous glance at my partner.
      shoot something at someone: Reporters were shooting questions at us.
    3. c.
      [intransitive/transitive] informal to happen very suddenly and quickly
      The book has shot straight to the top of the bestseller list.
      shoot to fame/stardom/celebrity: an appearance that shot her to stardom overnight
  4. 4
    [intransitive/transitive] to take photographs, or to make a movie or video
    We’re going to start shooting early tomorrow morning.
    All the outdoor scenes were shot on location in Wyoming.



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