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Meaning of “hell” in the English Dictionary

"hell" in British English

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hellnoun

uk   us   /hel/
B2 [S or U] an ​extremelyunpleasant or ​difficultplace, ​situation, or ​experience: Work is sheer hell at the ​moment. The last few ​months have been ​absolute hell. B2 [S] (also Hell) in some ​religions, the ​place where some ​people are ​believed to go after ​death to be ​punished for ​ever for the ​bad things they have done during ​theirlives: I'll go to Hell for this.make sb's life hell (also make life hell for sb) informal to ​cause a lot of ​problems for someone and make them very ​unhappy: I ​worked for her for two ​years and she made my ​life hell.

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hellexclamation, noun [U]

uk   us   /hel/

he'll

uk   us   /hiːl/
short form of he will: He'll be there, don't ​worry.

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  • I daren't ​tell Dad - he'll be so ​angry.
  • Gideon is very ​reliable - if he says he'll do something, he'll do it.
  • He's been ​single for so ​long now, I don't ​think he'll ​evermarry.
  • Simon isn't ​sure whether he'll be ​able to come to the ​party or not.
  • The ​bossphoned to say he'll be back at 4.30.
(Definition of hell from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hell" in American English

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hellnoun [U]

 us   /hel/
  • hell noun [U] (PLACE)

(in some ​religions) the ​place where some ​people are ​believed to go after ​death to be ​punishedforever for the ​bad things they have done
  • hell noun [U] (CONDITION)

an ​extremelyunpleasant or ​difficultplace, ​situation, or ​experience: Holidays are hell for me. We went through hell during the ​flood (= had an ​extremelybadexperience).

hellexclamation

 us   /hel/ slang
  • hell exclamation (EXPRESSION)

used to ​expressanger, or to give ​emphasis to an ​expression: Oh hell, I ​forgot my ​keys! Her ​dad was ​mad as hell. Note: This may be considered offensive by some people.

he’ll

 us   /hil, il/
contraction of he will or he shall: I’m ​sure he’ll ​help you if he can.
(Definition of hell from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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