Meaning of “hate” in the English Dictionary

"hate" in British English

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hateverb [ I or T ]

uk /heɪt/ us /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 speaking in public.
I hate him telling 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.

More examples

  • My job is so routine and boring - I hate it.
  • I would hate to lose contact with my old school friends.
  • He hates travelling by plane.
  • I remember how much I hated doing sums when I was at school.
  • As a child I hated my brother, but now we get on wonderfully.
adjective uk /ˈheɪ.tɪd/ us /ˈheɪ.t̬ɪd/

He was the most hated teacher in the school.


Phrasal verb(s)

hatenoun [ C or U ]

uk /heɪt/ us /heɪt/

(Definition of “hate” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hate" in American English

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hateverb [ I/T ]

us /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.
noun [ U ] us /heɪt/

Hate and bigotry can only make our lives more difficult.

(Definition of “hate” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)