• (RP) IPA: /ˈhɒstaɪl/, /ˈhɒstəl/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈhɑstəl/, /ˈhɑstaɪl/


  1. Not friendly, appropriate to an enemy; showing the disposition of an enemy; showing ill will and malevolence, or a desire to thwart and injure
    Synonyms: inimical, unfriendly
    a hostile force
    hostile intentions
    a hostile country
    hostile to a sudden change
  2. Aggressive, antagonistic.
  3. Unwilling
  4. Of a hostile takeover.
    Microsoft may go hostile in its bid for Yahoo as soon as Friday, according to a published report.
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  • Russian: вражде́бный

hostile (plural hostiles)

  1. (chiefly, in the plural) An enemy.

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