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verb British English pronunciation: pitch /pɪtʃ/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theypitch
he/she/itpitches
present participlepitching
past tensepitched
past participlepitched
  1. 1
    [transitive] to say, write, or create something so that it will be suitable for people of a particular age, level of ability etc

    He pitched the level just right.

    pitch something at/towards/for someone:

    Her book is pitched at a teenage audience.

    a task pitched at the weaker members of the group

    1. a.
      to design something so that you can sell it to a particular group of people
      pitch something at/towards:

      These new homes will be pitched at the upper end of the market.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to make a sound at a particular level
    pitch something high/low:

    Her voice was pitched confidentially low.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to throw something using a lot of force

    He picked up a stone and pitched it.

    pitch something into/over/across etc something:

    Jan pitched her books over the fence and climbed over after them.

  4. 4
    [intransitive] to fall suddenly in a particular direction
    pitch into/down/forward etc:

    He tripped and pitched head first into the water.

    1. a.
      [transitive] if an animal or moving object pitches someone somewhere, it throws them there suddenly
      pitch someone down/into/forward etc:

      The horse reared and pitched its rider to the ground.

  5. 5
    [transitive] to try to sell something by saying how good it is
    pitch something to someone:

    He had tried to pitch the series to all the major television networks.

    1. a.
      to try to persuade someone to give you work, a business deal etc
      pitch for:

      Our company is pitching for the support contract.

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