hot - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    very high in temperature

    Cook the fish under a hot grill for 5 minutes.

    Her forehead still feels a bit hot.

    It’s so hot in here – can’t we open a window?

    boiling/scalding hot (=extremely hot):

    a pan of boiling hot water

    1. a.
      feeling uncomfortable because the temperature is too high or you are wearing too many clothes

      Take your jacket off if you’re hot.

    2. b.
      used about the weather

      It’s going to be hot again today.

    3. c.
      where the weather is often hot

      The disease is particularly common in hot countries such as India and Panama.

    4. d.
      cooked and served hot

      I haven’t had a hot meal in days.

  2. 3
    informal involving strong emotions
    have a hot temper (=get angry easily):

    Our coach has a really hot temper.

    1. a.
      a hot issue is important and causes arguments because people strongly disagree

      Tax cuts have become a hot topic in this election campaign.

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  3. 4
    informal exciting and interesting, especially because of being new

    the hot new look in women’s fashions

    1. a.
      exciting, successful, and popular

      one of Hollywood’s hottest young directors

      a hot property (=someone in acting, sport, business etc who has just become very successful):

      She’s now a very hot property in television.

  4. 5
    informal especially good in some way

    a hot tip (=a useful piece of advice)

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    1. a.
      very skilful
      hot at:

      Kyle’s pretty hot at tennis.

  5. 6
    difficult, or dangerous
    hot for:

    When things got too hot for her at home, she’d stay with a friend.

  6. 8
    informal determined to do something
    hot for:

    Hot for revenge, the soldiers marched northward.

  7. 9
    informal involving a lot of activity or competition

    The property market is very hot these days.

    hot competition:

    There is hot competition from other companies to win the contract.

  8. 10
    informal stolen and being looked for by the police

    a hot car

  9. 11
    spoken used in a children’s game for saying that you are very close to finding something, or to guessing the right answer