From King Dictionary of Contemporary Englishldoce_722_zhatehate1 /heɪt/ ●●●S1W3 verb [transitive]1HATEto dislike something very muchOPP loveIt’s the kind of movie you either love or hate.He hates his job.hate doing somethingPaul hates having his picture taken.hate to do somethingI hate to see you unhappy.hate it whenPam hates it when Lee calls her at work.hate somebody doing somethingJenny’s mother hates her staying out late.2HATEto dislike someone very much and feel angry towards themOPP loveWhy do you hate me so much?hate somebody for (doing) somethingShe hated him for being so happy.hate yourselfI 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 etc —hated adjectivethe hated security policeGRAMMAR: Using the progressive• Hate 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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hate• He was an evildictator 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 hatedauthority and he hated the law.• Don't go in now - she hates being interrupted.• Sharpe, who hateddancing, smiled at the thought, then turned and spurred the horse towards home.• Pathates 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.• Tonyhatedscience 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 hatedunpleasantness, though she wouldn't back down from a fight.• "Go away!" Jackie screamed. "I hate you!"hate somebody doing something• Jenny's mother hates her staying out late.hate somebody’s guts• I wish she'd dietomorrow. 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 themSYN hatredOPP loveHer eyes were full of hate.hate forMrs Williams has spoken of her hate for her husband’s killers. → pet hateat 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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hate• There was anger and hate in her voice, and I felt afraid.• Their faces were full of hate.• a look of hate• Is to be a king the same thing as to be the object of universalhate?• His mind was filled with hate and the desire for revenge.Originhate2Old Englishhete