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hate

[heyt]
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verb (used with object), hat·ed, hat·ing.
  1. to dislike intensely or passionately; feel extreme aversion for or extreme hostility toward; detest: to hate the enemy; to hate bigotry.
  2. to be unwilling; dislike: I hate to do it.
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verb (used without object), hat·ed, hat·ing.
  1. to feel intense dislike, or extreme aversion or hostility.
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noun
  1. intense dislike; extreme aversion or hostility.
  2. the object of extreme aversion or hostility.
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adjective
  1. noting or relating to acts that are motivated by hatred, prejudice, or intolerance: a hate crime; a hate group; hate mail.
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Verb Phrases
  1. hate on, Informal. to show hate toward, criticize, or belittle, usually unfairly: Don't hate on him just because he wins all the time.
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Origin of hate

before 900; Middle English hat(i)en, Old English hatian (v.); cognate with Dutch haten, Old Norse hata, Gothic hatan, German hassen
Related formshat·er, nounself-hate, nounun·hat·ed, adjectiveun·hat·ing, adjectiveun·hat·ing·ly, adverb

Synonyms

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1. loathe, execrate; despise.

Synonym study

1. Hate, abhor, detest, abominate imply feeling intense dislike or aversion toward something. Hate, the simple and general word, suggests passionate dislike and a feeling of enmity: to hate autocracy. Abhor expresses a deep-rooted horror and a sense of repugnance or complete rejection: to abhor cruelty; Nature abhors a vacuum. Detest implies intense, even vehement, dislike and antipathy, besides a sense of disdain: to detest a combination of ignorance and arrogance. Abominate expresses a strong feeling of disgust and repulsion toward something thought of as unworthy, unlucky, or the like: to abominate treachery.

Antonyms

1. love.
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Examples from the Web for hating

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  • Harriett had a little shock of dismay and resentment, hating change.

  • To hate him would be hating an overpowering force, like heat, or electricity.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • And you have conquered, in a better way than you meant when you were angry and hating me.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • Slender of body and soul, fit neither for loving nor hating.

    Poems

    William D. Howells

  • I like the English and I can't see any good in just hating them!

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine


British Dictionary definitions for hating

hate

verb
  1. to dislike (something) intensely; detest
  2. (intr) to be unwilling (to be or do something)
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noun
  1. intense dislike
  2. informal a person or thing that is hated (esp in the phrase pet hate)
  3. (modifier) expressing or arousing feelings of hatredhate mail
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Derived Formshateable or hatable, adjective

Word Origin

Old English hatian; related to Old Norse hata, Old Saxon hatōn, Old High German hazzēn
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Word Origin and History for hating

hate

n.

Old English hete "hatred, spite," from Proto-Germanic *hatis- (cf. Old Norse hattr, Old Frisian hat, Dutch haat, Old High German has, German Hass, Gothic hatis; see hate (v.)). Altered in Middle English to conform with the verb. Hate mail is first attested 1967.

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hate

v.

Old English hatian "to hate," from Proto-Germanic *hatojanan (cf. Old Saxon haton, Old Norse hata, German hassen, Gothic hatan "to hate"), from PIE root *kad- "sorrow, hatred" (cf. Avestan sadra- "grief, sorrow, calamity," Greek kedos "care, trouble, sorrow," Welsh cas "pain, anger"). Related: Hated; hating. French haine (n.), hair (v.) are Germanic. Hate crime attested from 1988.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with hating

hate

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