Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “detest”

See all translations

detest

verb [T not continuous] uk   /dɪˈtest/ us  
to hate someone or something very much: I detest any kind of cruelty. [+ -ing verb] I detest having to get up when it's dark outside. her detested older brother
detestation
noun [U] uk   /ˌdiː.tesˈteɪ.ʃən/ us  
Translations of “detest”
in Korean 혐오하다…
in Arabic يَمْقُت, يُبْغِض…
in French détester…
in Turkish iğrenmek, tiksinmek, nefret etmek…
in Italian detestare…
in Chinese (Traditional) 憎恨,厭惡,討厭…
in Russian ненавидеть…
in Polish nie cierpieć, nienawidzić…
in Spanish detestar, odiar…
in Portuguese detestar…
in German verabscheuen…
in Catalan detestar…
in Japanese (人、物)を憎む…
in Chinese (Simplified) 憎恨,厌恶,讨厌…
(Definition of detest from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of detest?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “detest” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

comma

the symbol , used in writing to separate parts of a sentence showing a slight pause, or to separate the single things in a list

Word of the Day

Lies, lies, lies!

by Kate Woodford,
February 25, 2015
​​​ According to sociologists (=people who study the relationships between people living in groups), we are good at lying. As a species, we have developed a remarkable ability to deceive each other (= persuade each other that something false is true). Being able to say things that are not true can help with

Read More 

snapchat verb

March 02, 2015
to send someone a message using the photomessaging application Snapchat We used to have a thing until he got a girlfriend. now

Read More