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    • US Pronunciation
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    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [shoot]
    • /ʃut/
    • /ʃuːt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [shoot]
    • /ʃut/

Definitions of shoot word

  • verb with object shoot to hit, wound, damage, kill, or destroy with a missile discharged from a weapon. 1
  • verb with object shoot to execute or put to death with a bullet: to be shot at sunrise. 1
  • verb with object shoot to send forth or discharge (a missile) from a weapon: to shoot a bullet. 1
  • verb with object shoot to discharge (a weapon): to shoot a gun. 1
  • verb with object shoot to send forth (words, ideas, etc.) rapidly: to shoot questions at someone. 1
  • verb with object shoot to fling; propel: The volcano shot lava high into the air. 1

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Origin of shoot

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English shoten (v.), Old English scēotan; cognate with Dutch schieten, German schiessen, Old Norse skjōta; akin to shot1

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Parts of speech for Shoot


shoot popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 96% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

shoot usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for shoot

verb shoot

  • adventuring — the act of doing adventurous things or having adventures
  • aviate — to pilot or fly in an aircraft
  • bag — A bag is a container made of thin paper or plastic, for example one that is used in shops to put things in that a customer has bought.
  • barraging — Military. a heavy barrier of artillery fire to protect one's own advancing or retreating troops or to stop the advance of enemy troops.
  • barreling — a cylindrical wooden container with slightly bulging sides made of staves hooped together, and with flat, parallel ends.

noun shoot

  • beam — If you say that someone is beaming, you mean that they have a big smile on their face because they are happy, pleased, or proud about something.
  • biennial — A biennial event happens or is done once every two years.
  • birch — A birch or a birch tree is a type of tall tree with thin branches.
  • bough — A bough is a large branch of a tree.
  • branch — The branches of a tree are the parts that grow out from its trunk and have leaves, flowers, or fruit growing on them.

Antonyms for shoot

verb shoot

  • outlast — to endure or last longer than: The pyramids outlasted the civilization that built them.
  • outstay — to stay longer than.

Top questions with shoot

  • how to shoot a basketball?
  • where to shoot a deer?

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