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adjective hot pronunciation in American English /hɑt/
Word Forms
  1. 1
    very high in temperature

    Cook the fish on a hot grill for 5 minutes.

    Her forehead still feels 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. b.
      used about the weather

      It’s going to be hot again today.

    2. c.
      where the weather is often hot

      hot countries such as India and Panama

    3. d.
      cooked and served hot

      I haven’t had a hot meal in days.

  2. 3
    informal involving strong emotions

    a hot love affair/romance

    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

      Health care became a hot topic during the presidential campaign.

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

    hot news about impending changes in Cabinet

    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 a very hot property in television.

  4. 5
    informal especially good in some way

    a hot tip (=a useful piece of advice)

    1. a.
      very skillful

      a hot musician/dancer/player

      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 toward the capital.

    hot to do something:

    Gail’s very hot to travel and teach in South America.

  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.




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