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English definition of “hate”


verb [I/T]    /heɪt/
to strongly dislike someone or something: [T] Kelly hates her teacher. [T] I have always hated speaking in public. [+ to infinitive] I hate to say it, but I don’t think Leo is the right man for the job. hate    /heɪt/ noun [U] Hate and bigotry can only make our lives more difficult.
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