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English definition of “hate”


verb [I or T]     /heɪt/
A2 to dislike someone or something very much: Kelly hates her teacher . She hated the cold dark days of winter . I hate it when you do that. [+ -ing verb] I have always hated speak ing in public . I hate him tell ing me what do to all the time . [+ to infinitive] I hate (= do not want ) to interrupt , but it's time we left . I'd hate (= would not like) you to think I didn't appreciate what you'd done.Not liking Grammar:Hate, like, love and preferWe can use hate, like, love and prefer with an -ing form or with a to-infinitive: hated     /ˈheɪ.tɪd/ US  /-t̬ɪd/ adjective He was the most hated teacher in the school .Serious and unpleasantNot attractive to look atInformal words for bad
(Definition of hate verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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