verb (used with object), hat·ed, hat·ing.
- to dislike intensely or passionately; feel extreme aversion for or extreme hostility toward; detest: to hate the enemy; to hate bigotry.
- to be unwilling; dislike: I hate to do it.
verb (used without object), hat·ed, hat·ing.
- to feel intense dislike, or extreme aversion or hostility.
- intense dislike; extreme aversion or hostility.
- the object of extreme aversion or hostility.
- noting or relating to acts that are motivated by hatred, prejudice, or intolerance: a hate crime; a hate group; hate mail.
- hate on, Informal. to show hate toward, criticize, or belittle, usually unfairly: Don’t hate on him just because he wins all the time.
- to dislike (something) intensely; detest
- (intr) to be unwilling (to be or do something)
- intense dislike
- informal a person or thing that is hated (esp in the phrase pet hate)
- (modifier) expressing or arousing feelings of hatredhate mail
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. 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. In addition to the idiom beginning with hate