1 adj If you are hostileto another person or an idea, you disagree with them or disapprove of them, often showing this in your behaviour.
oft ADJ to/towards n
Many people felt he would be hostile to the idea of foreign intervention..., The West has gradually relaxed its hostile attitude to this influential state...
2 adj 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...
3 adj Hostile situations and conditions make it difficult for you to achieve something.
If this round of talks fails, the world's trading environment is likely to become increasingly hostile.
4 adj A hostile takeover bid is one that is opposed by the company that is being bid for. (BUSINESS)
Kingfisher launched a hostile bid for Dixons.
5 adj 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...
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary
1 antagonistic, anti (informal) bellicose, belligerent, contrary, ill-disposed, inimical, malevolent, opposed, opposite, rancorous, unkind, warlike
2 adverse, alien, inhospitable, unfriendly, unpropitious, unsympathetic, unwelcoming
affable, agreeable, amiable, approving, congenial, cordial, friendly, kind, peaceful, sympathetic, warm
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