Definition of hate in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Feel intense or passionate dislike for (someone)

    ‘the boys hate each other’
    ‘he was particularly hated by the extreme right’
    • ‘Due to disliking or hating someone or simply being angry with them, we develop harmful thoughts directed at that person.’
    • ‘What he had said was all through rage, he didn't really hate Cooper… just disliked her.’
    • ‘Just because he dislikes me, he's causing everyone else to hate me too.’
    • ‘She didn't hate him, but severely disliked him most of the time.’
    • ‘Most of the kids are rich, snobby preps, which we despise, and hate everyone who isn't like them.’
    • ‘A camp young man and a grumpy mountain type who were the first on the island hated each other's guts.’
    • ‘The German boys hate you, and I as one of them would like to tear you to pieces.’
    • ‘She couldn't stand it when someone disliked her, let alone hate her!’
    • ‘I mean we're not sure if Aurora hates Jonathan but we know Jonathan hates her, or at least dislikes her very much.’
    • ‘I have to say also that I find it very hard to hate or even significantly dislike someone.’
    • ‘It was almost as if writing movies had given people one more reason to hate me, or dislike or resent me.’
    • ‘I am not saying that you shouldn't dislike another team, but to hate another for no apparent reason is stupid.’
    • ‘I wanted to clear up the rumors of us fighting with each other or hating each other.’
    • ‘Most of us were put through a system which led us to hate, or certainly dislike, the language which we should love.’
    • ‘I didn't mean to make people hate him, just dislike him sometimes.’
    • ‘It's so easy to put yourself down; to criticise, despise and hate the fat that you see as representative as some sort of failing on your part.’
    • ‘They hated each other, slept in separate rooms all their married life and barely spoke.’
    • ‘I'm glad they found love, because they used to hate each other.’
    • ‘We know the devastation that can be caused when different religions start hating each other.’
    • ‘The boys didn't only hate me because I danced and was different, but because the girls loved me!’
    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, not be able to stand, be unable to stomach, find intolerable, shudder at, recoil from, shrink from
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    1. 1.1 Have a strong aversion to (something)
      ‘he hates flying’
      with infinitive ‘I'd hate to live there’
      • ‘And in a mixed gym it isn't polite to mention you hate to hear men grunting, sweating and groaning next to you.’
      • ‘And this is the girl who used to hate thoughts of ill-will towards other living creatures, human or otherwise.’
      • ‘I hate having to wash my hair every single day. I need a spray powder shampoo.’
      • ‘Dario replied regretfully, hating to see his protégé suffering like this.’
      • ‘There I said it, I hate cooking. I hate the chopping part, I hate the stirring part, I hate hot water/oil splashing on to my hands, I hate cleaning up.’
    2. 1.2with infinitive Used politely to express one's regret or embarrassment at doing something.
      ‘I hate to bother you’
      • ‘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 see front gardens entirely given over to the family saloon but when the car has to be parked there, it is unrealistic to plan the space without taking it into account.’
      • ‘I hate to bother you with it, dear readers, but right now I can think of nothing else.’
      • ‘I hate to intrude with reality, but did the WWF bother to ask where all this increase in population is going on?’
      • ‘I hate to say this, but I can't be bothered to do an article this week.’
      be sorry, be reluctant, be loath, be unwilling, be disinclined
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    3. 1.3hate oninformal no object Express strong dislike for; criticize or abuse.
      ‘I can't hate on them for trying something new’
      • ‘Can you believe that there are these haters on the internet with an entire website dedicated to being mean to Andrew?’
      • ‘They are such haters that upsetting normal people leading everyday happy lives is their real kick.’
      • ‘To all you backstabbers, haters and bastards, I hope you die slowly and painfully!’
      • ‘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.’


  • 1Intense or passionate dislike.

    ‘feelings of hate and revenge’
    • ‘That's the voice of a man stoking the fires of hate for political gain.’
    • ‘The father was blinded by rage and had nothing but a stare that was glaring with hate for what he believed had happened.’
    • ‘Therefore, if we could just get to the root cause of their hate for us, maybe we could make them stop hating us.’
    • ‘How could it be possible to have so much hate for a girl?’
    • ‘I have a serious, blood-boiling hate for Shrek.’
    • ‘Discourtesy was the cornerstone of Mercer's hate for the world.’
    • ‘I mean, we met in the third grade and bonded over our mutual hate for the class bully, Johnny Donovan.’
    • ‘Just for one moment you could have put aside your blind hate for the country, but you did not.’
    • ‘Parts of the public do all they can to support a certain politician, while they are filled with hate for his or her enemies among the other top leaders.’
    • ‘I think it has to do with his hate for falsity in people.’
    • ‘His youthful hate for a few had turned to a dulled resentment of an entire class.’
    • ‘Her sorrow seemed bittersweet; a mix of her sour hate for whatever had caused her so much grief and the sweet memories of what she had lost.’
    • ‘Donnie's eyes showed his deeper hate for him, he hated his bloodshot blue eyes, he hated his fake blonde hair, and he hated how similar he looked.’
    • ‘They are unanimous in their hate for me - and I welcome their hatred.’
    • ‘Then becoming so consumed with hate for them, she went psychotic.’
    • ‘They are articulated with energy and in a way that often crosses the line between criticism of opposing belief systems and expressions of contempt and hate for political opponents.’
    • ‘The isolation restricts your mind and you're likely to become a very angry, bitter recluse full of hate for others as well as yourself.’
    • ‘And the strange thing was I still did not know what had sparked off her intense hate for me.’
    • ‘However, you should never lose your temper out of hate for the enemy.’
    • ‘He had left a storm within her heart, raging with hate for him.’
    loathing, hatred, detestation, dislike, distaste, abhorrence, abomination, execration, resentment, aversion, hostility, ill will, ill feeling, bad feeling
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    1. 1.1as modifier Denoting hostile actions motivated by intense dislike or prejudice.
      ‘a hate campaign’
      • ‘A couple today told how they were pushed to breaking point by a vindictive neighbour who waged a 15-month hate campaign against them.’
      • ‘If Microsoft carried out an anti hate speech campaign it would reassure a lot of parents.’
      • ‘Even in most democracies, it has become accepted, indeed constitutionally enshrined, that freedom of speech ends where hate speech begins.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, a lot of people seem to be on a personal hate campaign against Beckham, probably based on jealousy more than anything else.’
      • ‘They must avoid bad tactics of slander, dirty tricks, smear campaign and hate speeches that discourage citizens to participate in politics.’
      • ‘The Congress Party has launched a campaign to halt hate speech against fellow citizens.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A national hate campaign began against the economic migrants who were posing as refugees.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A vicious right-wing clique has, according to her friends, launched a hate campaign against her, and tried to have her election overturned.’
      • ‘Three people were killed and 129 injured during his two-week hate campaign targeted at minority communities.’
      • ‘They have systematically poisoned the social environment through hate campaigns and this widened the Hindu-Muslim chasm.’
      • ‘If a politician has been subject to public opprobrium they are legitimate targets for a media hate campaign.’
      • ‘A zero tolerance campaign to stop race hate attacks, domestic violence and attacks on elderly, disabled and vulnerable people will start in Bradford next year.’
      • ‘When the river gypsies drop by, she welcomes them, while the mayor institutes a hate campaign.’
      • ‘Freedom, unless it gets squandered in the name of fear or defiance, will endure long after this fragile, rootless hate campaign has burned itself to ashes.’
      • ‘But you know, there are times in this fabulous country when I can almost convince myself that the hate campaign is a myth and that Pommie-hating is a thing of the past.’
      • ‘Swan himself has become the target of a hate campaign by black gay activists who call for tolerance of their beliefs.’
      • ‘Threats and public verbal abuse were common, as was persuading friends and family to join hate campaigns.’


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