Did you know?

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

hit - definition and synonyms

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.

Thesaurus diagram

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

noun [countable]     hit pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
  1. 1
    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.

    Synonyms and related words
    1. a.
      a film, play, or show that is very successful and popular

      The film was a massive hit at the box-office.

      hit film/show

    2. b.
      someone or something that people like very much
      be/prove a hit:

      The car proved an instant hit in the States.

      hit with:

      Geoff was a huge hit with the children.

      make a hit with someone:

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

  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
  • Facebook
  • Twitter

Open Dictionary

snap election

a general election … that is called earlier than expected

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
Macmillan learn live love play