Definition of hate in English:

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Pronunciation: /heɪt/


[with object]
1Feel intense dislike for: the boys hate each other he was particularly hated by the extreme right
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  • Due to disliking or hating someone or simply being angry with them, we develop harmful thoughts directed at that person.
  • I didn't mean to make people hate him, just dislike him sometimes.
  • What he had said was all through rage, he didn't really hate Cooper… just disliked her.
loathe, detest, dislike greatly, abhor, abominate, despise, execrate, feel aversion towards, feel revulsion towards, feel hostile towards, be repelled by, be revolted by, regard with disgust, not be able to bear/stand, be unable to stomach, find intolerable, shudder at, recoil from, shrink from
informal hate someone's guts
rare disrelish
1.1Have a strong aversion to (something): he hates flying [with infinitive]: I’d hate to live there
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  • And this is the girl who used to hate thoughts of ill-will towards other living creatures, human or otherwise.
  • And in a mixed gym it isn't polite to mention you hate to hear men grunting, sweating and groaning next to you.
  • Dario replied regretfully, hating to see his protégé suffering like this.
1.2 [with infinitive] Used politely to express one’s regret or embarrassment at doing something: I hate to bother you
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  • I hate to bother you with it, dear readers, but right now I can think of nothing else.
  • I hate to be a bother, but none of your journal entries past Sunday's have shown up in my LiveJournal friends list.
  • I hate to intrude with reality, but did the WWF bother to ask where all this increase in population is going on?
be sorry, be reluctant, be loath, be unwilling, be disinclined;
regret, dislike, not like, hesitate
1.3 [no object] (hate on) informal Express strong dislike for; criticize or abuse: I can’t hate on them for trying something new
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  • Those who are PC haters can have a blast shooting at the PCs littered around with your weaponry.
  • The successes of someone so different from them are just unbearable to these jealousy-consumed haters.
  • Can you believe that there are these haters on the internet with an entire website dedicated to being mean to Andrew?


[mass noun]
1Intense dislike: feelings of hate and revenge
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  • The father was blinded by rage and had nothing but a stare that was glaring with hate for what he believed had happened.
  • Discourtesy was the cornerstone of Mercer's hate for the world.
  • His youthful hate for a few had turned to a dulled resentment of an entire class.
loathing, hatred, detestation, dislike, distaste, abhorrence, abomination, execration, resentment, aversion, hostility, ill will, ill feeling, bad feeling;
enmity, animosity, antagonism, antipathy, bitterness, animus, revulsion, disgust, contempt, repugnance, odium, rancour
rare disrelish
1.1 [as modifier] Denoting hostile actions motivated by intense dislike or prejudice: a hate campaign
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  • A tribunal was told Mr Carroll was subjected to an intense hate campaign after he was exposed as the fireman telling bosses of an alleged scam at Horwich station, near Bolton.
  • Having thought that the hate campaign Mrs Goodrick has waged against the entire German nation had finally come to an end, I see she is still determined to keep this thing going.
  • The man at the centre of the gay row splitting the Church of England told Manchester supporters of the hate campaign against him.
1.2 [count noun] informal An intensely disliked person or thing: Richard’s pet hate is filling in his tax returns
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  • Top hates were the lack of public transport, ‘not enough to do’ and ‘anti-youth prejudice.’
  • She spends her spare time dreaming up anti - hobbies; politically correct organisations and human rights to store in her hutch of pet hates.
  • Of all my pet hates, people who claim to have read all of Dickens by the age of 15 rank as number one.
bugbear, bane, bogey, bugaboo, pet aversion, thorn in one's flesh/side, bane of one's life;
French bête noire



(also hatable) adjective
Example sentences
  • The show is also responsible for the creation of the best, most hateable villain in history.
  • Just what is it about this team that is so utterly hateable?
  • Her performance as the most complicated and equally lovable and hateable character on TV had us hoping she might somehow secure a nomination in the supporting category.


Old English hatian (verb), hete (noun), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch haten (verb) and German hassen (verb), Hass 'hatred'.

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