What does hostile mean?

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ˈhɒs tl; esp. Brit. -taɪlhos·tile

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hostile(adj)

    troops belonging to the enemy's military forces

    "the platoon ran into a pack of hostiles"

  2. hostile(adj)

    characterized by enmity or ill will

    "a hostile nation"; "a hostile remark"; "hostile actions"

  3. hostile(adj)

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

    "hostile naval and air forces"

  4. hostile(adj)

    impossible to bring into friendly accord

    "hostile factions"

  5. hostile, uncongenial, unfriendly(adj)

    very unfavorable to life or growth

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

  6. hostile(adj)

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

    "hostile takeover"; "hostile tender offer"; "hostile bid"

Wiktionary

  1. hostile(Noun)

    An enemy, especially an American Indian in arms against the whites.

  2. hostile(Adjective)

    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 or enemies; inimical; unfriendly

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hostile(adj)

    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 or enemies; inimical; unfriendly; as, a hostile force; hostile intentions; a hostile country; hostile to a sudden change

  2. Hostile(noun)

    an enemy; esp., an American Indian in arms against the whites; -- commonly in the plural

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hostile

    hos′til, adj. belonging to an enemy: showing enmity: warlike: adverse.—adv. Hos′tilely.—n. Hostil′ity, enmity:—pl. Hostil′ities, acts of warfare. [L. hostilishostis.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. hostile

    In combat and combat support operations, an identity applied to a track declared to belong to any opposing nation, party, group, or entity, which by virtue of its behavior or information collected on it such as characteristics, origin, or nationality contributes to the threat to friendly forces. See also neutral; suspect; unknown.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. hostile

    Belonging to an enemy; appropriate to an enemy; showing ill-will and malevolence, or a desire to thwart and injure; occupied by an enemy or a hostile people; inimical; unfriendly; as, a hostile force, hostile country, etc.

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'hostile' in Adjectives Frequency: #716

Anagrams for hostile »

  1. holiest

  2. eoliths

How to pronounce hostile?

  1. Alex
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    Daniel
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    Karen
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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hostile in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hostile in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of hostile in a Sentence

  1. Ken Keys:

    A loving person lives in a loving world. A hostile person lives in a hostile world. Everyone you meet is your mirror.

  2. The PPB:

    The hostile crowd estimated to be over 100 people tore down crime-scene police tape and encroached on the work area.

  3. Kim Jong:

    It is necessary to sweep away the whirlwind of sanctions by the hostile forces.

  4. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez:

    Someone like Rahm Emanuel would be a pretty divisive pick, and it would signal, I think, a hostile approach to the grass-roots and the progressive wing of the party.

  5. Holmes Norton:

    Children across America have endured an extremely challenging year, and D.C. children in particular have not only endured the coronavirus pandemic but now the militarization of their city, with the hostile symbols of fences and barbed wire. Sledding is a simple, childhood thrill. It is the least we can allow for our resilient children this winter season.

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