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English

Etymology

Old English scēotan, from Germanic *skeutanan, from Indo-European *(s)keud-. Cognate with Dutch schieten, German schießen, Swedish skjuta; and (from Indo-European) with Russian кидать, Lithuanian skudrùs.

Pronunciation

Verb

Infinitive
to shoot

Third person singular
shoots

Simple past
shot

Past participle
shot, or rarely shotten

Present participle
shooting

to shoot (third-person singular simple present shoots, present participle shooting, simple past shot, past participle shot, or rarely shotten)
  1. (transitive) To fire a projectile or energy weapon at.
    The man, in a desperate bid for freedom, grabbed his gun and started shooting anyone he could.
  2. (transitive) To hit with a projectile or energy beam from such a weapon.
    He was shot by a police officer.
  3. (intransitive) To move very quickly and suddenly.
    After an initial lag, the experimental group's scores shot past the control group's scores in the fourth week.
  4. (transitive) To photograph.
  5. (professional wrestling) In professional wrestling, to deviate from kayfabe, either intentionally or accidentally; to actually connect with unchoreographed fighting blows and maneuvers, or speak one's mind (instead of an agreed-to script).
  6. (surveying) To measure the distance and direction to (a point).
  7. (sports) To make the stated score.
    In my round of golf yesterday I shot a 76.
  8. (slang) To ejaculate
    After a very short time, he shot his load over the carpet.

Derived terms

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Noun

Singular
shoot

Plural
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shoot ({{{1}}})
  1. The emerging stem and embryonic leaves of a new plant.
  2. A photography session.
  3. (professional wrestling slang) In professional wrestling, an event that is unscripted or legitimate.

Translations

Interjection

shoot!

  1. (mild expletive, bowlderization) darn; dash; fiddlesticks; expresses disbelief or disdain
    Didn't you have a concert tonight?
    Shoot! I forgot! I have to go and get ready...
  2. (imperative) Yes, please do.
    Can I ask you a question?
    Shoot!
    Okay, when was the battle of Hastings fought?

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