Definition of loathe verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

loathe

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ləʊð//
 
; NAmE NAmE//loʊð//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they loathe
BrE BrE//ləʊð//
 
; NAmE NAmE//loʊð//
 
he / she / it loathes
BrE BrE//ləʊðz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//loʊðz//
 
past simple loathed
BrE BrE//ləʊðd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//loʊðd//
 
past participle loathed
BrE BrE//ləʊðd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//loʊðd//
 
past simple loathing
BrE BrE//ˈləʊðɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈloʊðɪŋ//
 
past participle loathing
BrE BrE//ˈləʊðɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈloʊðɪŋ//
 
 
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(not used in the progressive tenses) loathe somebody/something | loathe doing something to dislike somebody/something very much synonym detest I loathe modern art. They loathe each other. 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. Word Origin Old English lāthian, of Germanic origin; related to loath.Extra examples He loathed hypocrisy. Many of the people fear and loathe the new government. Whether you love or loathe their music, you can’t deny their talent.
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