hate1 S1 W3 [transitive not in progressive]
to dislike something very much [≠ 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.
to dislike someone very much and feel angry towards them [≠ love]:
Why do you hate me so much?
hate somebody for (doing) something
She hated him for being so happy.
I hated myself for feeling jealous of her.
hate somebody's guts informal (=hate someone very much)
used to emphasize that you do not want something to happen:
I'd hate you to go.
I'd hate for him to think I wasn't interested.
used when you feel sure that something would have a bad result, or when an idea is unpleasant to think about:
I hate to think what would have happened if you hadn't called the police.
used when saying something that you do not want to say, for example because it is embarrassing:
I hate to say it, but I was glad when he went home.
used to say that you are sorry that you have to ask etc:
I hate to ask you this, but would you mind giving me a lift home?
I hate to interrupt, but it's urgent.
the hated security police
—hater noun [countable]
I'm not a man hater.