Hate Definition

hated, hates, hating
hated, hates, hating
To dislike or wish to avoid; have a strong aversion to.
To hate arguments.
Webster's New World
To have strong dislike or ill will for; loathe; despise.
Webster's New World
To feel hatred.
Webster's New World
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?
American Heritage
  • be reluctant
  • be cold about
  • hold-cheap
  • get on one's high horse
  • look coldly upon
  • turn up one's nose at
  • shy-away
  • demur
  • pull back from
  • disapprove of
  • wince from
  • not have the heart to
  • hesitate
  • put off
  • feel sick at
A strong feeling of dislike or ill will; hatred.
Webster's New World
A person or thing hated.
Webster's New World
(Internet, colloquial) Negative feedback, abusive behaviour.
There was a lot of hate in the comments on my vlog about Justin Beiber from his fans.
Based on, expressing, or characterized by hatred, esp. hatred of a particular race, religion, etc.
A hate group, a piece of hate mail.
Webster's New World
hate on (someone)
  • To ridicule, insult, or act hatefully toward:

    Stop hating on them—they're my friends.

American Heritage

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Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Hate

  • hate on (someone)

Origin of Hate

  • 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).

    From Wiktionary

  • From Old English hete, from Proto-Germanic *hataz. Cognate with West Frisian haat, Dutch haat, German Hass, Swedish hat.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English haten from Old English hatian N., Middle English from Old English hete

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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