hit - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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  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. 6
    informal an occasion when someone uses an illegal drug
    1. a.
      the effect that an illegal drug has on someone who uses it