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?
To feel hatred.
Intense animosity or dislike; hatred.
Origin of hate
Middle 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)
- To dislike intensely or greatly.
- I hate men who take advantage of women.
- (slang) To dislike intensely due to envy.
- Don't be hating my weave, girl, you're just jealous!
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.
Origin See also: hâte
From Old English hete, from Proto-Germanic *hataz. Cognate with West Frisian haat, Dutch haat, German Hass, Swedish hat.