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1) ADJ-GRADED: oft ADJ to/towards n If you are hostile to another person or an idea, you disagree with them or disapprove of them, often showing this in your behaviour.

Many people felt would be hostile to the idea of foreign intervention...

The West has gradually relaxed its hostile attitude to this influential state...

The Governor faced hostile crowds when he visited the town yesterday.

2) ADJ-GRADED Someone who is hostile is unfriendly and aggressive.

Drinking may make a person feel relaxed and happy, or it may make her hostile, violent, or depressed...

The prisoner eyed him in hostile silence.

3) ADJ-GRADED Hostile situations and conditions make it difficult for you to achieve something.

...some of the most hostile climatic conditions in the world...

If this round of talks fails, the world's trading environment is likely to become increasingly hostile.

4) ADJ: ADJ n In a war, you use hostile to describe your enemy's forces, organizations, weapons, land, and activities.

The city is encircled by a hostile army...

They were in hostile territory.

...hostile aircraft.


English dictionary. 2008.


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  • hostile — [ ɔstil ] adj. • 1450, rare XVIIe XVIIIe; lat. hostilis, de hostis « ennemi » 1 ♦ Qui manifeste de l agressivité, se conduit en ennemi. Pays, puissance hostile. Groupes hostiles qui se font la guerre. ⇒ adverse, ennemi. Foule hostile et menaçante …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • hostile — hos·tile adj 1: having an intimidating, antagonistic, or offensive nature a hostile work environment 2 a: of or relating to an opposing party in a legal action a hostile claim b: adverse to the interests of a party to a legal action if the… …   Law dictionary

  • hostile — hos‧tile [ˈhɒstaɪl ǁ ˈhɑːstl, ˈhɑːstaɪl] adjective FINANCE a hostile bid or takeover is one in which a company tries to buy another company whose shareholder S do not want to sell: • They ve managed to fight off a hostile takeover bid. * * * …   Financial and business terms

  • Hostile — Hos tile, a. [L. hostilis, from hostis enemy: cf. F. hostile. See {Host} an army.] Belonging or appropriate to an enemy; showing the disposition of an enemy; showing ill will and malevolence, or a desire to thwart and injure; occupied by an enemy …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hostile — Hos tile, n. An enemy; esp., an American Indian in arms against the whites; commonly in the plural. [Colloq.] P. H. Sheridan. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hostile — hos|tile [ hastl ] adjective ** ▸ 1 unfriendly/threatening ▸ 2 opposing something ▸ 3 of/done by enemy in war ▸ 4 difficult/dangerous ▸ 5 in business 1. ) behaving in a very unfriendly or threatening way toward someone: The mayor found himself in …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • hostile — 01. My mother in law has been quite [hostile] towards me since my wife and I split up. 02. The United States has generally been [hostile] to any suggestion of holding talks with Cuba. 03. The President was met by [hostile] crowds when he came to… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • hostile — hos|tile [ˈhɔstaıl US ˈha:stl, ˈha:staıl] adj [Date: 1500 1600; : French; Origin: Latin hostilis, from hostis stranger, enemy ] 1.) angry and deliberately unfriendly towards someone and ready to argue with them ▪ Southampton fans gave their… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hostile — adjective Etymology: Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin hostilis, from hostis Date: 1580 1. a. of or relating to an enemy < hostile fire > b. marked by malevolence < a hostile act > c. openly opposed or resisting < a hos …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hostile — adj. VERBS ▪ appear, be, feel, seem ▪ become, turn ▪ remain ▪ make sb …   Collocations dictionary

  • hostile — (o sti l ) adj. 1°   Qui est d un ennemi, qui caractérise un ennemi. Entreprise hostile.    Il se dit aussi des inimitiés privées. •   Je ne puis vous nombrer les louanges et les tendresses de Barillon ; je ne sais où vous avez pris qu il ait été …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

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