- The definition of hate is a feeling of intense dislike or aversion.
An example of hate is what you feel towards someone who has just robbed you and destroyed your house.
- To hate is defined as to feel strong and intense aversion or dislike.
An example of hate is the feeling you experience towards someone who has done something horribly unkind to you.
transitive verbhated, hating
- to have strong dislike or ill will for; loathe; despise
- to dislike or wish to avoid; shrink from: to hate arguments
Origin of hateMiddle English hatien ; from Old English hatian, akin to German hassen ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ād-, bad temper from source Classical Greek kēdein, to trouble, kedos, grief, Welsh cas, hate
- a strong feeling of dislike or ill will; hatred
- a person or thing hated
verbhat·ed, hat·ing, hates
- To feel strong dislike for or hostility toward: rivals who hate each other.
- To feel dislike or distaste for: hates washing dishes; hates to get up early.
- To be disinclined (to do something) out of politeness or a need to apologize: I hate to interrupt, but can I ask you a quick question?
Origin of hateMiddle English haten, from Old English hatian. N., Middle English, from Old English hete.
(third-person singular simple present hates, present participle hating, simple past and past participle hated)
From Middle English haten, from Old English hatian (“to hate, treat as an enemy”), from Proto-Germanic *hatōną (“to hate”), from Proto-Germanic *hataz (“hatred, hate”), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱād- (“strong emotion”). Cognate with Dutch haten, German hassen, Swedish hata, French haïr (a Germanic borrowing).
(countable and uncountable, plural hates)
- An object of hatred.
- One of my pet hates is traffic wardens.
- He gave me a look filled with pure hate.
- (Internet, colloquial) Negative feedback, abusive behaviour.
- There was a lot of hate in the comments on my vlog about Justin Beiber from his fans.