Definition To strike

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to strike: to hit, to punch
Don't confuse it with to go on strike which is when workers refuse to work until their employers meet their demands.

This is an irregular verb:
I strike / I struck / I have struck or stricken

stricken (with): inflicted, hit (with); affected (by)
The entire country is stricken with poverty. There is a lot of poverty in all of the country.
Her face was stricken with guilt. She looked very guilty.
Even though Bruno Delavigne is stricken with anosmia, he is still able to run a perfume business.

Pronunciation examples
UK: I cried when I saw the man strike his dog. It struck me as very cruel.
US: Rachel comes from a poverty-stricken country.


  • "Bruno's head struck the windshield, and he immediately fell into a coma."
  • "Moira : Speaking of Mexico, or more precisely the Gulf of Mexico, an earthquake struck the west coast of central Florida last night."
  • "Today, as my personal assistant Brian Jones and I explored this beautiful city and talked to the native people, I was struck by the differences between our two countries."
  • "Each time I strike my triangle I am out of breath."
  • "I hate to be the one to ask this question, but rumors have been circulating that Bruno Delavigne is stricken with the terrible disease known as Anosmia."
  • "We'll have to strike earlier than anticipated."
  • "It's a game played with a ball that is struck with the foot."
  • "So, the perfume killer has struck again!"

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