- 1 to dislike something very much hate something I hate spinach. I hate Monday mornings. I hate it when people cry. He hated it in France (= did not like the life there). I hate 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. I hate 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. I'd hate anything to happen to him.
- 2 to dislike somebody 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. Synonymshatedislike can’t stand despise can’t bear loathe detestThese words all mean to have a strong feeling of dislike for somebody/something.hate to have a strong feeling of dislike for somebody/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 (rather formal) to not like somebody/something. Dislike is a rather formal word; it is less formal, and more usual, to say that you don’t like somebody/something, especially in spoken English:I don’t like it when you phone me so late at night.can’t stand (rather informal) used to emphasize that you really do not like somebody/something:I can’t stand his brother. She couldn’t stand being kept waiting.despise to dislike and have no respect for somebody/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 having cats in the house.can’t stand or can’t bear?In many cases you can use either word, but can’t bear is slightly stronger and slightly more formal than can’t stand. loathe to hate somebody/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 talk about less important things, meaning ‘really don’t like’:Whether you love or loathe their music, you can’t deny their talent.detest (rather formal) to hate somebody/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 bear 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.
- 3[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? Word Origin Old English hatian (verb), hete (noun), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch haten (verb) and German hassen (verb), Hass
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BrE BrE//heɪt//; NAmE NAmE//heɪt//(not used in the progressive tenses)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they hate
BrE BrE//heɪt//; NAmE NAmE//heɪt//he / she / it hates
BrE BrE//heɪts//; NAmE NAmE//heɪts//past simple hated
BrE BrE//ˈheɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈheɪtɪd//past participle hated
BrE BrE//ˈheɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈheɪtɪd//past simple hating
BrE BrE//ˈheɪtɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈheɪtɪŋ//past participle hating
BrE BrE//ˈheɪtɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈheɪtɪŋ//