Synonyms of strike in English:


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See Spanish definition of atacar


1‘the teacher actually struck and hurt Mary’

hit, slap, smack, beat, thrash, spank, thump, thwack, punch, cuff, crack, swat, knock, rap
pummel, pound, batter, pelt, welt, assault, box someone's ears
cane, lash, whip, club, cudgel
informal clout, wallop, belt, whack, bash, clobber, bop, biff, sock, deck, slug, plug, knock about, knock around, knock into the middle of next week, lay into, do over, rough up, zonk
Australian, New Zealand informal quilt
literary smite

2‘at seven sharp he struck the gong’

bang, beat, hit, pound
informal bash, wallop

3‘the stolen car struck a tree’

crash into, collide with, be in collision with, hit, run into, knock into, bang into, bump into, smash into, slam into, crack against, crack into, dash against
North American impact

4‘Jennifer struck the ball into the back of the net’

hit, drive, propel, force
informal clout, wallop, slam, swipe, welly
British informal welly

5‘he struck a match and lit the oil lamp’

ignite, light


6‘she was counting the day's takings when the killer struck’

attack, make an assault, make an attack, set upon someone, fall on someone, assault someone

7‘the disease is striking 3,000 people a year’

affect, afflict, attack, hit, come upon, smite

8‘democratic societies must strike a balance between order and freedom’

achieve, reach, arrive at, find, attain, effect, establish

9‘we have struck a satisfactory bargain’

agree, agree on, come to an agreement on, settle on, sign, endorse, ratify, sanction
informal clinch

10‘the picture showed him striking a heroic pose’

assume, adopt, take on, take up, affect, feign, put on
North American informal cop

11‘the engineers had struck oil’

discover, find, come upon, light on, chance on, happen on, stumble across, stumble on, unearth, uncover, turn up

12‘a thought suddenly struck her’

occur to, come to, dawn on one, hit
come to mind, spring to mind, enter one's head, present itself, come into one's consciousness

13‘you strike me as an intelligent young woman’

seem to, appear to, look to
give someone the impression of being
impress, affect, have an impact on

14‘our drivers are striking and demanding guarantees of their safety’

go on strike, down tools, walk out
mutiny, rebel, revolt
British take industrial action, work to rule

15‘they are about to strike the big tent’

take down, pull down, bring down
take apart


16‘Lord Bridport struck his flag’

lower, take down, let down, bring down


17‘he ordered the driver to strike south towards the Thames’

go, make one's way, set out, head, direct one's footsteps, move towards


1‘staff held a 48-hour strike’

British industrial action

2‘an imminent military strike’

attack, air strike, air attack, assault, bombing, blitz

3‘a lucky strike in 1848 gave rise to the term ‘gold rush’’

find, discovery, unearthing, uncovering


    strike something up

    1‘the accompanist struck up ‘Land of Hope and Glory’’

    begin to play, start to play, begin playing, commence playing, start playing, embark on

    2‘we struck up a friendship’

    begin, start, embark on, set going, initiate, instigate, establish
    formal commence
    strike back

    ‘the mayor struck back, threatening to sue’

    fight back, retaliate, hit back, respond, react, reply, reciprocate, counterattack, return fire, return the compliment, put up a fight, take the bait, rise to the bait, return like for like, get back at someone, get, give tit for tat, give as good as one gets, let someone see how it feels, give someone a dose of their own medicine, give someone a taste of their own medicine
    get one's revenge, have one's revenge, take one's revenge, exact revenge, take revenge, wreak revenge, be revenged, revenge oneself, avenge oneself, take reprisals, get even, even the score, settle a score, settle the score, settle accounts, pay someone back, pay someone back in their own coin, pay someone out, repay someone, exact retribution, take an eye for an eye, take an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth
    informal give someone their comeuppance
    British informal get one's own back
    rare give someone a Roland for an Oliver
    strike something out

    delete, cross out, erase, rub out, obliterate