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Definition of hostile adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//ˈhɑstaɪl//
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  1. 1very unfriendly or aggressive and ready to argue or fight The speaker got a hostile reception from the audience. hostile to/toward somebody/something She was openly hostile toward her parents.
  2. 2hostile (to something) strongly rejecting something synonym opposed hostile to the idea of change The Democrats' proposals have provoked a hostile response from the Republicans.
  3. 3making it difficult for something to happen or to be achieved hostile conditions for plants to grow in
  4. 4belonging to a military enemy hostile territory
  5. 5(business) (of an offer to buy a company, etc.) not wanted by the company that is to be bought a hostile takeover bid
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