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[ shoot ]

verb (used with object)

, shot, shoot·ing.
  1. to hit, wound, damage, kill, or destroy with a missile discharged from a weapon.

    Synonyms: pop, plug, wound, hit, gun, drop, blow away, pick off, mow down, cut down, bring down

  2. to execute or put to death with a bullet:

    to be shot at sunrise.

  3. to send forth or discharge (a missile) from a weapon:

    to shoot a bullet.

    Synonyms: loose, fire, discharge, blast

  4. to discharge (a weapon):

    to shoot a gun.

  5. to send forth (words, ideas, etc.) rapidly:

    to shoot questions at someone.

    Synonyms: fire away, discharge

  6. The volcano shot lava high into the air.

    Synonyms: hurl, fling, cast, vent, throw

  7. to direct suddenly or swiftly:

    Shoot the spotlight on the doorway. He shot a smile at his wife.

  8. to move suddenly; send swiftly along.
  9. to go over (country) in hunting game.
  10. to pass rapidly through, over, down, etc.:

    to shoot rapids.

  11. to emit (a ray or rays, as of light) suddenly, briefly, or intermittently.
  12. to variegate by threads, streaks, etc., of another color.
  13. to cause to extend or project:

    He shot out his arm and grabbed the ball.

  14. to discharge or empty, as down a chute:

    Do not shoot rubbish here!

  15. Sports.
    1. to throw, kick, or otherwise propel (a ball, puck, etc.), as at a goal or teammate.
    2. to score (a goal, points, etc.) by propelling the ball, puck, etc.
  16. Games. to propel (a marble) from the crook or first knuckle of the forefinger by flicking with the thumb.
  17. (in dice games)
    1. to throw (the dice or a specific number).
    2. to wager or offer to bet (a sum of money):

      I'll shoot ten bucks.

  18. Photography. to photograph or film.
  19. to put forth (buds, branches, etc.), as a plant.
  20. to slide (a bolt or the like) into or out of its fastening.
  21. to pull (one's cuffs) abruptly toward one's hands.
  22. Golf. to make a final score of (so many strokes):

    He shot a 73 on the first 18 holes of the tournament.

  23. to take the altitude of (a heavenly body):

    to shoot the sun.

  24. to detonate; cause to explode, as a charge of explosives.
  25. Aeronautics. to practice (a maneuver) by repetition:

    to shoot landings.

  26. Slang. to inject (an addictive drug) intravenously.

verb (used without object)

, shot, shoot·ing.
  1. to send forth missiles from a bow, firearm, or the like.
  2. to be discharged, as a firearm.
  3. to hunt with a gun for sport:

    He fishes, but he doesn't shoot.

  4. to move or pass suddenly or swiftly; spurt:

    The car shot ahead and was soon out of sight.

    Synonyms: zip, scoot, hotfoot, bomb, barrel, speed, scurry, rush, race, jet, hustle, hurtle, hurry, hasten, career, careen, bustle, bowl, fly, bolt, dash, dart, start, spring

  5. Nautical. to acquire momentum and coast into the wind, as a sailboat in a confined area.
  6. to grow forth from the ground, as a stem.
  7. to put forth buds or shoots, as a plant; germinate.
  8. Photography. to photograph.
  9. Movies. to film or begin to film a scene or movie.
  10. to extend; jut:

    a cape shooting out into the sea.

    Synonyms: twig, sprout, sprig, branchlet, protrude, project

  11. Sports, Games.
    1. to propel a ball, puck, etc., at a goal, basket, pocket, etc., or in a specific direction:

      He shot for the green with a five iron.

    2. to propel a ball in a specific way:

      The center shoots left-handed.

  12. to be felt by or flow through or permeate the body:

    Pain shot through his injured arm. Chills shot up and down her spine.

  13. to carry by force of discharge or momentum:

    The missile left its pad and shot thousands of miles into space.

  14. Informal. to begin, especially to begin to talk:

    I want to hear your complaint, so shoot!


  1. the act of shooting with a bow, firearm, etc.
  2. Chiefly British. a hunting trip or expedition.
  3. a match or contest at shooting.
  4. a growing or sprouting, as of a plant.
  5. a new or young growth that shoots off from some portion of a plant.
  6. the amount of such growth.
  7. a young branch, stem, twig, or the like.
  8. a sprout that is not three feet high.
  9. a chute.
  10. Rocketry. the launching of a missile.
  11. Informal. a photographic assignment or session, as for a feature film or a television commercial:

    The actress is away on a shoot.

  12. Rowing. the interval between strokes.
  13. Mining.
    1. a small tunnel branching off from a larger tunnel.
    2. a narrow vein of ore.

verb phrase

    1. to grow rapidly or suddenly.
    2. Informal. to damage or harass by reckless shooting:

      cowboys shooting up the town.

    3. to wound by shooting:

      He shot up the lion, but his guide killed it.

    4. Slang. to inject an addictive drug intravenously.
  1. to attempt to obtain or accomplish; strive toward:

    He is shooting for a higher production level.

    1. to cause to fall by hitting with a shot:

      They shot down several ducks.

    2. Informal. to disparage, reject, or expose as false or inadequate; debunk:

      to shoot down a popular theory.



[ shoot ]


  1. (used to express irritation or astonishment.)


/ ʃuːt /


  1. tr to hit, wound, damage, or kill with a missile discharged from a weapon
  2. to discharge (a missile or missiles) from a weapon
  3. to fire (a weapon) or (of a weapon) to be fired
  4. to send out or be sent out as if from a weapon

    he shot questions at her

  5. intr to move very rapidly; dart
  6. tr to slide or push into or out of a fastening

    to shoot a bolt

  7. to emit (a ray of light) or (of a ray of light) to be emitted
  8. tr to go or pass quickly over or through

    to shoot rapids

  9. intr to hunt game with a gun for sport
  10. tr to pass over (an area) in hunting game
  11. to extend or cause to extend; project
  12. tr to discharge down or as if down a chute
  13. intr (of a plant) to produce (buds, branches, etc)
  14. intr (of a seed) to germinate
  15. to photograph or record (a sequence, subject, etc)
  16. tr; usually passive to variegate or streak, as with colour
  17. sport to hit or propel (the ball, etc) towards the goal
  18. tr sport to score (points, strokes, etc)

    he shot 72 on the first round

  19. tr to plane (a board) to produce a straight edge
  20. tr mining to detonate
  21. tr to measure the altitude of (a celestial body)
  22. slang.
    often foll by up to inject (someone, esp oneself) with (a drug, esp heroin)
  23. shoot a line
    See line 1
  24. shoot from the hip
    to speak bluntly or impulsively without concern for the consequences
  25. shoot one's bolt
    See bolt 1
  26. shoot oneself in the foot informal.
    to damage one's own cause inadvertently
  27. shoot one's mouth off slang.
    1. to talk indiscreetly
    2. to boast or exaggerate
  28. shoot the breeze
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  1. the act of shooting
  2. the action or motion of something that is shot
  3. the first aerial part of a plant to develop from a germinating seed
  4. any new growth of a plant, such as a bud, young branch, etc
  5. a meeting or party organized for hunting game with guns
  6. an area or series of coverts and woods where game can be hunted with guns
  7. a steep descent in a stream; rapid
  8. informal.
    a photographic assignment
  9. geology mining a narrow workable vein of ore
  10. obsolete.
    the reach of a shot
  11. the whole shoot slang.
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  1. an exclamation expressing disbelief, scepticism, disgust, disappointment, etc
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/ sho̅o̅t /

  1. The part of a vascular plant that is above ground, including the stem and leaves. The tips of shoots contain the apical meristem .

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Word History and Origins

Origin of shoot1

First recorded before 900; Middle English verb sheten, sheeten, shoten, Old English scēotan; cognate with Old Frisian skiata, Dutch schieten, Old High German skiozan, German schiessen, Old Norse skjōta; akin to shot 1

Origin of shoot2

An Americanism first recorded in 1890–95; alteration of shit, conformed to shoot 1
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Word History and Origins

Origin of shoot1

Old English sceōtan; related to Old Norse skjōta, Old High German skiozan to shoot, Old Slavonic iskydati to throw out
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Idioms and Phrases

  1. shoot from the hip, to act or speak without due consideration or deliberation.
  2. shoot off one's mouth / face, Slang.
    1. to talk indiscreetly, especially to reveal confidences, make thoughtless remarks, etc.
    2. to exaggerate:

      He likes to shoot off his mouth about what a great guy he is.

  3. shoot one's bolt. Informal. bolt 1( def 29 ).
  4. shoot one's wad. Informal. wad 1( def 13 ).
  5. shoot the breeze. Slang. breeze 1( def 11 ).
  6. shoot the bull. Slang. bull 2( def 2 ).
  7. shoot the works. Slang. work ( def 55 ).

More idioms and phrases containing shoot

  • like shooting fish in a barrel
  • sure as shooting
  • whole ball of wax (shooting match)
  • shot
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Example Sentences

We spoke with Egan about where the green shoots are and how publishers’ relationships with platforms are shifting.

From Digiday

Today, green shoots of community intelligence can be seen all around us.

From Fortune

It’s so popular that couples carve out time in the itinerary to make a shoot happen, often with the help of drones.

From Fortune

He has also adapted to the growing demands of his clients, whether they want to be subject of their own styled shoot or simply geek out on photography.

From Fortune

His answers were so direct that the planned shoot was over in about half an hour, Ebersole says.

From Fortune

Just the hard-on before you shoot unarmed members of the public.

I mean, the reality of it was, I had to go out and get on a horse, and ride in, shoot the gun — how hard was that, right?

But even when the jet will be able to shoot its gun, the F-35 barely carries enough ammunition to make the weapon useful.

The brand logo turned out to feature a graceful archer on horseback, in a Tatar national costume, poised to shoot his arrow.

At the beginning of the video and before the call to kill police, you can hear what sounds like, “arms up, shoot back!”

I was right, so it seems, about getting ashore before the enemy could see to shoot out to sea.

That was a considerable sensible commandment of yourn, always to shoot the foremost of the Mexicans when they attacked.

"But I don't see what you can shoot with it," said Davy, feeling that he was somehow getting the worst of the argument.

Thereafter he ran away from school twice, having been seized with a romantic and irresistible desire to see and shoot a lion!

The sentinels seemed much alarmed, and drew up their carbines as if to shoot.


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