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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.

verb (used without object),hat·ed, hat·ing.
  1. to feel intense dislike, or extreme aversion or hostility.

  1. intense dislike; extreme aversion or hostility.

  2. the object of extreme aversion or hostility.

  1. (in a video game) the focus or targeting of an enemy on a player character; enmity; aggro: The Black Mage got hate, but it’s really his own fault for casting those level-four spells back to back.As a tank, pretty much your number-one priority is getting and holding hate.

  1. noting or relating to acts that are motivated by hatred, prejudice, or intolerance: a hate crime;a hate group;hate mail.

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.

Origin of hate

First recorded before 900; Middle English hat(i)en,Old English hatian (verb); cognate with Dutch haten,Old Norse hata,Gothic hatan,German hassen

synonym study For hate

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.

Other words for hate

Opposites for hate

Other words from hate

  • hat·er, noun
  • self-hate, noun
  • un·hat·ed, adjective
  • un·hat·ing, adjective
  • un·hat·ing·ly, adverb

Other definitions for hate- (2 of 2)


  1. a combining form describing something that one does but professes to dislike and that may indicate conflicting love/hate emotions, as in hate-read; hate-kiss; hate-sex.

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How to use hate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for hate


/ (heɪt) /

  1. to dislike (something) intensely; detest

  2. (intr) to be unwilling (to be or do something)

  1. intense dislike

  2. informal a person or thing that is hated (esp in the phrase pet hate)

  1. (modifier) expressing or arousing feelings of hatred: hate mail

Origin of hate

Old English hatian; related to Old Norse hata, Old Saxon hatōn, Old High German hazzēn

Derived forms of hate

  • hateable or hatable, adjective

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Other Idioms and Phrases with hate


In addition to the idiom beginning with hate

  • hate someone's guts

also see:

  • somebody up there loves (hates) me

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