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HOSTILE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does hostile mean? 

HOSTILE (noun)
  The noun HOSTILE has 1 sense:

1. troops belonging to the enemy's military forces

  Familiarity information: HOSTILE used as a noun is very rare.


HOSTILE (adjective)
  The adjective HOSTILE has 7 senses:

1. characterized by enmity or ill will
2. not belonging to your own country's forces or those of an ally
3. very unfriendly
4. impossible to bring into friendly accord
5. very unfavorable to life or growth
6. marked by features that oppose constructive treatment or development
7. unsolicited and resisted by the management of the target company ( used of attempts to buy or take control of a business)

  Familiarity information: HOSTILE used as an adjective is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


HOSTILE (noun)


Sense 1hostile [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Troops belonging to the enemy's military forces

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Context example:

the platoon ran into a pack of hostiles

Hypernyms ("hostile" is a kind of...):

military personnel; soldiery; troops (soldiers collectively)

Domain category:

armed forces; armed services; military; military machine; war machine (the military forces of a nation)

Antonym:

friendly (troops belonging to or allied with your own military forces)


HOSTILE (adjective)


Sense 1hostile [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Characterized by enmity or ill will

Context examples:

a hostile nation / a hostile remark / hostile actions

Similar:

inimical; unfriendly (not friendly)

opponent; opposing (characterized by active hostility)

ill (indicating hostility or enmity)

head-on (characterized by direct opposition)

dirty (expressing or revealing hostility or dislike)

bitter (proceeding from or exhibiting great hostility or animosity)

at loggerheads (in a dispute or confrontation)

antagonistic; antipathetic; antipathetical (characterized by antagonism or antipathy)

aggressive; belligerent (characteristic of an enemy or one eager to fight)

Also:

violent (acting with or marked by or resulting from great force or energy or emotional intensity)

unpeaceful (not peaceful)

offensive (for the purpose of attack rather than defense)

hateful (evoking or deserving hatred)

aggressive (having or showing determination and energetic pursuit of your ends)

unfriendly (not disposed to friendship or friendliness)

Antonym:

amicable (characterized by friendship and good will)


Sense 2hostile [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not belonging to your own country's forces or those of an ally

Context example:

hostile naval and air forces

Antonym:

friendly (of or belonging to your own country's forces or those of an ally)


Sense 3hostile [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Very unfriendly

Context example:

a hostile attitude

Similar:

unfriendly (not disposed to friendship or friendliness)


Sense 4hostile [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Impossible to bring into friendly accord

Context example:

hostile factions

Similar:

irreconcilable; unreconcilable (impossible to reconcile)


Sense 5hostile [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Very unfavorable to life or growth

Synonyms:

uncongenial; unfriendly; hostile

Context examples:

a hostile climate / an uncongenial atmosphere / an uncongenial soil / the unfriendly environment at high altitudes

Similar:

inhospitable (unfavorable to life or growth)


Sense 6hostile [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Marked by features that oppose constructive treatment or development

Context example:

not able to accomplish much in such a hostile environment

Similar:

unfavorable; unfavourable (not encouraging or approving or pleasing)


Sense 7hostile [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Unsolicited and resisted by the management of the target company ( used of attempts to buy or take control of a business)

Context examples:

hostile takeover / hostile tender offer / hostile bid

Similar:

aggressive (having or showing determination and energetic pursuit of your ends)

Domain category:

business; business enterprise; commercial enterprise (the activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspects)


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