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"hostile" in British English

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hostileadjective

uk   /ˈhɒs.taɪl/  us   /ˈhɑː.stəl/
  • hostile adjective (UNFRIENDLY)

C1 unfriendly and not ​liking something: a hostile ​crowd The ​president had a hostile reception in Ohio this ​morning.

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  • hostile adjective (DISAGREEING)

C1 not ​agreeing with something: I'm not hostile to (= against) the ​idea of ​change as such.
  • hostile adjective (COMPANIES)

relating to ​situations in which one ​companywants to ​buy another ​company whose ​owners do not ​want to ​sell it: The ​companyconvincedinvestors to ​reject a hostile bid from Enterprise Oil Plc ​worth £1.5 ​billion. a hostile merger
(Definition of hostile from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hostile" in American English

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hostileadjective

 us   /ˈhɑs·təl, -tɑɪl/
  • hostile adjective (UNFRIENDLY)

showingstrongdislike; ​unfriendly: Her ​parents were ​openly hostile to me.
  • hostile adjective (DIFFICULT)

difficult or not ​suitable for ​living or ​growing: The Nevada ​desert is one of the most hostile ​regions in ​America.
  • hostile adjective (WARLIKE)

[not gradable] connected with an ​enemy or an ​act of ​war: The ​enemy was ​preparing to take hostile ​action.
hostilities
plural noun  us   /hɑˈstɪl·ɪ·t̬iz/
fml Both ​sides were ​trying to ​avoidfurther hostilities.
hostility
noun [U]  us   /hɑsˈtɪl·ɪ·t̬i/
He ​tried to ​hide his hostility.
(Definition of hostile from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"hostile" in Business English

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hostileadjective

uk   us   /ˈhɒstaɪl/ FINANCE
relating to a ​situation in which one ​companywants to ​buy another ​company whose ​owners do not want to ​sell it: The ​company convinced ​investors to ​reject a hostile ​bid from Enterprise Oil Plc ​worth £1.59 ​billion. Almost a ​year after it sparked the ​banking sector's biggest hostile ​merger, the ​bank has itself become the ​subject of ​takeoverspeculation. What ​started out as a hostile ​takeover attempt became a ​friendlyagreement. a hostile ​acquisition/​approach/​deal a hostile ​acquirer/​bidder
go/turn hostile FINANCE to ​force the ​sale of a ​company whose ​owners do not want to ​sell it: The ​chiefexecutive said he was still ​ready to go hostile for one of the two ​companies.
(Definition of hostile from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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