Definition of “hostile” - English Dictionary

“hostile” in English

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uk /ˈhɒs.taɪl/ us /ˈhɑː.stəl/

hostile adjective (DISAGREEING)

C1 not agreeing with something:

I'm not hostile to (= against) the idea of change as such.

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

“hostile” in American English

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us /ˈhɑs·təl, -tɑɪl/

hostile adjective (UNFRIENDLY)

showing strong dislike; 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.
plural noun us /hɑˈstɪl·ɪ·t̬iz/


Both sides were trying to avoid further hostilities.
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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uk /ˈhɒstaɪl/ us FINANCE

relating to a situation in which one company wants 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 takeover speculation.
What started out as a hostile takeover attempt became a friendly agreement.
a hostile acquirer/bidder
go/turn hostile

FINANCE to force the sale of a company whose owners do not want to sell it:

The chief executive 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)