hate ( hates 3rd person present) ( hating present participle) ( hated past tense & past participle )
1 verb If you hate someone or something, you have an extremely strong feeling of dislike for them.
(=detest, loathe) (Antonym: love)
Most people hate him, but they don't dare to say so, because he still rules the country... V n
Hate is also a noun., n-uncount
I was 17 and filled with a lot of hate...
hated adj ADJ n
He's probably the most hated man in this county.
2 verb If you say that you hate something such as a particular activity, you mean that you find it very unpleasant.
(=dislike) (Antonym: love, like)
Ted hated parties, even gatherings of people he liked individually... V n
He hates to be interrupted during training... V to-inf
He hated coming home to the empty house... V -ing
I hate it when people accuse us of that... V it wh
I would hate him to think I'm trying to trap him... V n to-inf
She hates me having any fun and is quite jealous and spoiled. V n -ing
3 verb You can use hate in expressions such as `I hate to trouble you' or `I hate to bother you' when you are apologizing to someone for interrupting them or asking them to do something.
no cont (politeness)
I hate to rush you but I have another appointment later on. V to-inf
4 verb You can use hate in expressions such as `I hate to say it' or `I hate to tell you' when you want to express regret about what you are about to say, because you think it is unpleasant or should not be the case.
no cont (feelings)
I hate to admit it, but you were right. V to-inf
to hate someone's guts
6 verb You can use hate in expressions such as `I hate to see' or `I hate to think' when you are emphasizing that you find a situation or an idea unpleasant.
no cont (emphasis)
I just hate to see you doing this to yourself. V to-inf
7 verb You can use hate in expressions such as `I'd hate to think' when you hope that something is not true or that something will not happen. no cont I'd hate to think my job would not be secure if I left it temporarily. V to-inf
hate campaign ( hate campaigns plural ) A hate campaign is a series of actions which are intended to harm or upset someone, or to make other people have a low opinion of them. n-count usu sing
The media has waged a virulent hate campaign against her.
hate crime ( hate crimes plural ) A hate crime is a crime, especially against people such as homosexuals and members of ethnic minorities, that is motivated by feelings of hatred. n-count
hate mail , hate-mail
If someone receives hate mail, they receive unpleasant or threatening letters. n-uncount
love-hate relationship ( love-hate relationships plural ) If you have a love-hate relationship with someone or something, your feelings towards them change suddenly and often from love to hate. n-count usu sing
...a book about the close love-hate relationship between two boys.