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. 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.


  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)
  3. (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

  • hate someone’s guts
  • also see:

  • somebody up there loves (hates) me
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