American English

Definition of hate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they hate
    he / she / it hates
    past simple hated
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  1. 1(not used in the progressive tenses)
  2. 2to dislike something very much hate something I hate spinach. I hate Monday mornings. Ihate it when people cry. He hated it in France (= did not like the life there). Ihate the way she always criticizes me. hate doing something She hates making mistakes. I hate coming home late. hate to do something He hated to be away from his family. She's a person who hates to make mistakes. Ihate to think what would have happened if you hadn't been there. hate somebody/something doing something He hates anyone parking in his space. hate somebody/something to do something She would have hated him to see how her hands shook. (informal) hate for somebody/something to do something I'd hate for anything to happen to him.
  3. 3to dislike someone very much hate somebody/yourself The two boys hated each other. He was her most hated enemy. Sometimes I really hate him. hate somebody/yourself for something/for doing something I hated myself for feeling jealous.
  4. 4[no passive] hate to do something used when saying something that you would prefer not to have to say, or when politely asking to do something I hate to say it, but I don't think their marriage will last. I hate to trouble you, but could I use your phone?
    noun I'm not a woman hater, I just don't like Joan.
  6. Thesaurushatedislike can't stand despise can't bear loathe detestThese words all mean to have a strong feeling of dislike for someone or something.hate to have a strong feeling of dislike for someone or something Although hate is generally a very strong verb, it is also commonly used in spoken or informal English to talk about people or things that you dislike in a less important way, for example a particular type of food:He hates violence in any form. I've always hated cabbage.dislike (somewhat formal) to not like someone or something Dislike is a somewhat formal word; it is less formal, and more usual, to say that you don't like someone or something, especially in spoken English:I don't like it when you call me so late at night.can't stand (somewhat informal) used to emphasize that you really do not like someone or something:I can't stand his brother. She couldn't stand to be kept waiting.despise to dislike and have no respect for someone or something:He despised himself for being so cowardly.can't bear used to say that you dislike something so much that you cannot accept or deal with it:I can't bear the thought of being without you.can't stand or can't bear?In many cases you can use either expression, but can't bear is stronger and more formal than can't stand.loathe (formal) to hate someone or something very much:They loathe each other. Loathe is generally an even stronger verb than hate, but it can also be used more informally to say that you “really don't like” something:I loathe country music.detest (somewhat formal) to hate someone or something very much:They absolutely detest each other.Patterns I hate/dislike/can't stand/can't bear/loathe/detest doing something I hate/can't stand to do something I hate/dislike/can't stand/can't bear it when… I really hate/dislike/can't stand/despise/can't bear/detest somebody/something I absolutely hate/can't stand/loathe/detest somebody/something
    hate somebody's guts (informal)
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     to dislike someone very much
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: hate