Synonyms of hit in English:

hit


See definition of hit

verb

1‘she hit him twice over the head’

SYNONYMS
strike, slap, smack, cuff, punch, beat, thrash, thump, batter, belabour, drub, hook, pound, smash, slam, welt, pummel, hammer, bang, knock, swat, whip, flog, cane, sucker-punch, rain blows on, give someone a beating, give someone a drubbing, give someone a good beating, give someone a good drubbing, box someone's ears
informal whack, wallop, bash, biff, bop, clout, clip, clobber, sock, swipe, crown, lick, beat the living daylights out of, give someone a hiding, give someone a good hiding, belt, tan, lay one on, lay into, pitch into, lace into, let someone have it, knock into the middle of next week, lam, whomp, deck, floor, zonk
British informal stick one on, dot, slosh, twat, welly
North American informal slug, boff, bust, whale
Australian, New Zealand informal dong, quilt, king-hit
literary smite, swinge
dated baste, buffet, birch

2‘a car hit the barrier’

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crash into, run into, bang into, smash into, smack into, knock into, bump into, cannon into, plough into, collide with, meet head-on
North American impact
North American informal barrel into

3‘the banking sector has been hit by the recession’

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affect badly, devastate, damage, harm, hurt, ruin, leave a mark on, have a negative effect on, have a negative impact on, do harm to, impinge on
upset, shatter, crush, shock, overwhelm, traumatize, touch, make suffer
informal knock back, knock for six, knock sideways, knock the stuffing out of
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have no effect on

4‘capital spending this year is likely to hit £1,800 million’

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reach, attain, touch, arrive at, get to, rise to, climb to
achieve, accomplish, gain, secure
ANTONYMS

fall to

5‘I was a mile away when it hit me that I had forgotten to get the information I needed’

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occur to, strike, dawn on, come to
enter one's head, enter one's mind, cross one's mind, come to mind, spring to mind, flash across one's mind, come into one's consciousness

noun

1‘he took a few minutes to recover after a hit from behind’

SYNONYMS
blow, thump, punch, knock, bang, thwack, box, cuff, slap, smack, spank, tap, crack, stroke, welt
impact, collision, bump, crash
informal whack, wallop, bash, belt, biff, clout, sock, swipe, clip, clobber
British informal slosh
North American informal boff, bust, slug, whale
Australian, New Zealand dong
dated buffet

2‘he could not resist a hit at his friend's religiosity’

SYNONYMS
jibe, taunt, jeer, sneer, barb, cutting remark, barbed remark, attack, insult
informal dig, put-down, crack, wisecrack
ANTONYMS

compliment

3‘he was the director of many big hits’

SYNONYMS
success, box-office success, sell-out, winner, triumph, sensation
bestseller
tour de force
informal knockout, crowd-puller, smash, smash hit, smasher, cracker, wow, biggie
ANTONYMS

failure, flop


Phrases

    hit on/upon

    ‘she hit on a novel idea for fundraising’


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    informal


    hit back

    ‘prison officers hit back at the critical report’


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    rare


    ANTONYMS

    turn the other cheek

    hit out at

    ‘he hit out at the government's lack of action’


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    informal


    British informal


    North American informal


    Australian, New Zealand informal


    dated


    rare


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    praise

    hit it off

    ‘they make an unlikely pair, but they've always hit it off’


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    ANTONYMS

    rub someone up the wrong way