From King Dictionary of Contemporary Englishldoce_722_zhatehate1 /heɪt/ ●●● S1 W3 verb [transitive] 1 HATEto dislike something very much OPP love It’s the kind of movie you either love or hate. He hates his job.hate doing something Paul hates having his picture taken.hate to do something I hate to see you unhappy.hate it when Pam hates it when Lee calls her at work.hate somebody doing something Jenny’s mother hates her staying out late.2 HATEto dislike someone very much and feel angry towards them OPP love Why do you hate me so much?hate somebody for (doing) something She hated him for being so happy.hate yourself I hated myself for feeling jealous of her.hate somebody’s guts informal (=hate someone very much)RegisterIn everyday English, people often say they can’t stand someone rather than say they hate someone:I can’t stand her husband.3 I’d hate (for) somebody/something to do something4 I hate to think what/how/where etc5 I hate to say it, but .../I hate to tell you this, but ...6 I hate to ask/interrupt/disturb etchated adjective the hated security policeGRAMMAR: Using the progressiveHate is not usually used in the progressive. You say: I hate that record. He hated her new boyfriend. Don’t say: I am hating that record. | He was hating her new boyfriend.In spoken English, people sometimes say I’m hating to describe their feelings about something that is happening right now: I’m hating every minute of this film.THESAURUShate verb [transitive] to dislike someone or something very muchBilly hated his stepfather.He hated the fact that his wife was more successful than he was.She hates people being late.can’t stand/can’t bear to hate someone or something. Can’t stand is less formal than hate, and is very common in everyday EnglishShe’s OK, but I can’t stand her husband.He couldn’t bear the thought of life without Nicole.She can’t stand being on her own.loathe /ləʊð $ loʊð//detest verb [transitive not in progressive] to hate something or someone very much. Loathe and detest are a little more formal than hateHe loathed housework.Greg had detested his brother for as long as he could remember.She evidently loathes her ex-husband.despise verb [transitive not in progressive] to hate someone or something very much and have no respect for themHe despised the man and could never forgive him for what he had done.They despised the wealth and consumerism of the West.abhor /əbˈhɔː $ əbˈhɔːr, æb-/ verb [transitive not in progressive] formal to hate something because you think it is morally wrongHe abhorred violence.We abhor racism in any form. → See Verb table
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hateHe was an evil dictator who was universally hated.It takes many years for kids who have suffered so much to learn to love and not to hate.Turner was a rebel from the start. He hated authority and he hated the law.Don't go in now - she hates being interrupted.Sharpe, who hated dancing, smiled at the thought, then turned and spurred the horse towards home.Pat hates her job.Jill really hates her stepfather.He both hated it and loved it, and he became more and more afraid that some one would discover his secret.I hate it when you speak to me like that.If you're playing against Gary, I warn you, he hates losing!I hated my first husband. He used to hit me and the children.Tony hated science when he was at school because he wasn't any good at it.Why does everyone seem to hate the Library? 2.They loved the issues, hated the pols.Hurry up - I hate to be late!Although I hate to leave stuff here.He hates to lie in bed, and follows us around like a puppy.I hate to spend money for things I never will need nor want.She hated unpleasantness, though she wouldn't back down from a fight."Go away!" Jackie screamed. "I hate you!"hate somebody doing somethingJenny's mother hates her staying out late.hate somebody’s gutsI wish she'd die tomorrow. I hate her guts.The two of them hate each other's guts.The sergeant knew the men all hated his guts for the way he treated them.
hatehate2 ●●○ noun [uncountable] HATEan angry unpleasant feeling that someone has when they hate someone and want to harm them SYN hatred OPP love Her eyes were full of hate.hate for Mrs Williams has spoken of her hate for her husband’s killers. pet hate at pet3(2)COLLOCATIONSphrasesbe full of hate/be filled with hatePeople’s faces were full of hate.a look of hateHe gave me a look of pure hate as I entered the room.a message of hateWhite nationalists are using the media to preach a message of hate.somebody’s eyes are burning/smouldering/blazing with hate literaryThen he noticed the dark eyes, smouldering with hate.adjectivesabsolute/pure hate (=complete and total hate)His speech was an expression of pure hate.hate + NOUNa hate figure (=someone who is hated by a lot of people)After the incident, he became a hate figure in the British press.hate mail (=letters or messages expressing hate and threats towards someone)Since appearing on the show she has even received hate mail from the public.
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hateThere was anger and hate in her voice, and I felt afraid.Their faces were full of hate.a look of hateIs to be a king the same thing as to be the object of universal hate?His mind was filled with hate and the desire for revenge.
Origin hate2 Old English hete