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  1. shoot
    IPA[SHo͞ot]
  2. verb

    • 1. kill or wound (a person or animal) with a bullet or arrow:

      he was shot in the leg during an armed robbery troops shot dead 29 people
      Synonym : gun down, shoot down, mow down, hit, wound, injure, cut down, bring down, put a bullet in, pick off, bag, fell, kill, execute, put before a firing squad, pot, blast, pump full of lead, plug, zap, slay
    • 2. fire a bullet from a gun or discharge an arrow from a bow:

      he shot at me twice the troops were ordered to shoot to kill they shot a volley of arrows into the village
      Synonym : fire (at/on), open fire (at/on), aim at, snipe at, let fly (at), blaze away, bombard, shell, discharge, fire, launch, let off, loose off, let fly, send forth, emit
    • 3. cause (a gun) to fire:

      I learned to shoot a 9 mm pistol
    • 4. damage or remove (something) with a bullet or missile:

      Guy, shoot their hats off they just missed my radiator and shot away my controls
    • 5. hunt game with a gun:

      we go to Scotland to shoot every autumn
    • 6. shoot game over (an estate or other area of countryside):

      at least 90 per cent of our hunting country is shot over
    • 7. shoot game in or on (an estate, cover, etc.):

      Tom and her brothers were out shooting Ardfeochan
    • 8. move suddenly and rapidly in a particular direction:

      the car shot forward Ward's hand shot out, grabbing his arm
      Synonym : race, hurry, hasten, flash, dash, dart, rush, speed, hurtle, streak, really move, spank along, whirl, whiz, go like lightning, go hell for leather, whoosh, buzz, zoom, swoop, blast, charge, stampede, gallop, chase, career, bustle, sweep, hare, fly, wing, scurry, scud, scutter, belt, scoot, scorch, tear, zap, zip, whip (along), get cracking, get a move on, step on it, burn rubber, go like a bat out of hell, bomb, bucket, shift, put one's foot down, clip, boogie, hightail, barrel, lay rubber, fleet, drag/tear/haul ass, post, hie
    • 9. cause to move suddenly and rapidly in a particular direction:

      he would have fallen if Marc hadn't shot out a hand to stop him Beauchamp shot United into the lead
    • 10. direct (a glance, question, or remark) at someone:

      Luke shot her a quick glance “I can't believe what I'm hearing,” she shot back
    • 11. used to invite a comment or question:

      “May I just ask you one more question?” “Shoot.”
    • 12. (of a pain) move with a sharp stabbing sensation:

      Claudia felt a shaft of pain shoot through her chest a pang of regret shot through her
    • 13. extend sharply in a particular direction:

      a road that seemed to just shoot upward at a terrifying angle
    • 14. move (a door bolt) to fasten or unfasten a door:

      she shot the bolt on the bathroom door
    • 15. (of a boat) sweep swiftly down or under (rapids, a waterfall, or a bridge):

      those of you looking for adventure can shoot the rapids
    • 16. (of a motor vehicle) pass (a traffic light at red):

      drivers could lose their licenses for shooting too many red lights
    • 17. (in soccer, hockey, basketball, etc.) kick, hit, or throw the ball or puck in an attempt to score a goal:

      Williams twice shot wide after school, we'd go straight out in the alley to shoot baskets
    • 18. make (a specified score) for a round of golf:

      in the second round he shot a 65
    • 19. play a game of (pool or dice):

      although we never shot dice, my friends and I played every variation of poker
    • 20. film or photograph (a scene, film, etc.):

      she has just been commissioned to shoot a video point the camera and just shoot—nothing could be easier
      Synonym : film, photograph, take/get a photograph/photo of, take/get photographs of, take/get a picture of, take/get pictures of, take someone's picture/photo, take/get a snapshot/snap of, take, snap, capture/record on film/celluloid, make a film of, televise, video
    • 21. (of a plant or seed) send out buds or shoots; germinate:

      some years one or other plant fails to shoot
    • 22. (of a bud or shoot) appear; sprout:

      they move up into the stem where they induce buds to shoot
      Synonym : sprout, put forth shoots, put forth buds, bud, burgeon, germinate, pullulate
    • 23. inject oneself or another person with (a narcotic drug):

      he shot dope into his arm
    • 24. plane (the edge of a board) accurately:

      I shot the longer edge down on the planer

    noun

    • 1. a young branch or sucker springing from the main stock of a tree or other plant:

      he nipped off the new shoots that grew where the leaves joined the stems
    • 2. an occasion when a group of people hunt and shoot game for sport:

      a grouse shoot
    • 3. land used for shooting game:

      we rented a rough shoot of about a thousand acres
    • 4. a shooting match or contest:

      activities include a weekly rifle shoot
    • 5. an occasion when a professional photographer takes photographs or when a film or video is being made:

      a photo shoot a fashion shoot
    • 6. variant spelling of chute

    • 7. a rapid in a stream:

      follow the portages that skirt all nine shoots of whitewater

    exclamation

    • 1. used as a euphemism for ‘shit’:

      shoot, it was a great day to be alive
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: shoot, plural noun: shoots

    • v.: verb: shoot, 3rd person present: shoots, gerund or present participle: shooting, past tense: shot, past participle: shot

    • verb

      kill or wound (a person or animal) with a bullet or arrow:

      fire a bullet from a gun or discharge an arrow from a bow:

    • noun

      a young branch or sucker springing from the main stock of a tree or other plant:

      an occasion when a group of people hunt and shoot game for sport:

    • exclamation

      used as a euphemism for ‘shit’:
    • noun

      the firing of a gun or cannon:

      an attempt to hit a target by shooting:

    • noun

      the action or practice of shooting with a gun:

      the sport or pastime of shooting with a gun.

    • adjective

      moving or growing quickly:

      (of a pain) sudden and piercing:

    • verb

      past and past participle of shoot
    • adjective

      (of colored cloth) woven with a warp and weft of different colors, giving a contrasting iridescent effect when looked at from different angles:

      interspersed with a different color:

    • noun

      a bill or one's share of it, especially in a pub or bar:
    • noun

      the firing of a gun or cannon:

      an attempt to hit a target by shooting:

    • noun

      the action or practice of shooting with a gun:

      the sport or pastime of shooting with a gun.

    • adjective

      moving or growing quickly:

      (of a pain) sudden and piercing:

    • verb

      past and past participle of shoot
    • adjective

      (of coloured cloth) woven with a warp and weft of different colours, giving a contrasting effect when looked at from different angles:

      interspersed with a different colour:

    • noun

      a bill or one's share of it, especially in a pub or bar:
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