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Inflections of 'hat' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
v 3rd person singular
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
hat /hæt/USA pronunciation   n., v.,  hat•ted, hat•ting. 
n. [countable]
  1. Clothinga shaped covering for the head, usually with a crown and often a brim.

v. [+ object]
  1. to provide with a hat;
    put a hat on.
  1. eat one's hat, This phrase is used to express disbelief that something will happen:If that train arrives on time, I'll eat my hat.
  2. Idiomshat in hand, humbly and respectfully:I asked for help, hat in hand.
  3. Idiomspass the hat, to ask for contributions of money, as for charity:They passed the hat and took in almost $500.
  4. Idiomstake one's hat off to, [+ object] to express high regard for;
    praise:I take my hat off to her; she deserves the award.
  5. Idiomstalk through one's hat, [no object] to make unsupported absurd statements.
  6. Idiomsthrow or toss one's hat in or into the ring, to declare one's candidacy:He threw his hat in the ring and ran for the presidency.
  7. Idiomsunder one's hat, secret;
    confidential:Keep this information under your hat.
  8. Idiomswear two or several hats, to work in more than one capacity: fill two or more positions:He's wearing two hats: chairman of the department and assistant to the dean.

hat•less, adj. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
hat  (hat),USA pronunciation n., v.,  hat•ted, hat•ting. 
  1. a shaped covering for the head, usually with a crown and brim, esp. for wear outdoors.
  2. Religion[Rom. Cath. Ch.]
    • the distinctive head covering of a cardinal.
    • the office or dignity of a cardinal. Cf. red hat.
  3. Idiomshat in hand, humbly;
    respectfully:He approached the boss, hat in hand.
  4. Idiomspass the hat, to ask for contributions of money, as for charity;
    take up a collection:The lodge members passed the hat to send underprivileged children to summer camp.
  5. Idiomstake off one's hat to, to express high regard for;
    praise:We took off our hats to their courage and daring.
  6. Idiomstalk through one's hat, to speak without knowing the facts;
    make unsupported or incorrect statements:He is talking through his hat when he says he'll make the team.
  7. Idiomsthrow or  toss one's hat in or  into the ring, to become a participant in a contest, esp. to declare one's candidacy for political office:His friends are urging him to throw his hat in the ring.
  8. Idiomsunder one's hat, confidential;
    secret:I'll tell you the real story, but keep it under your hat.
  9. Idiomswear two or  several hats, to function in more than one capacity;
    fill two or more positions:He wears two hats, serving as the company's comptroller as well as its chief executive officer.

  1. to provide with a hat;
    put a hat on.
hatless, adj. 
hatless•ness, n. 
hatlike′, adj. 
  • bef. 900; Middle English; Old English hætt; cognate with Old Norse hǫttr hood; akin to hood1

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
hat /hæt/ n
  1. any of various head coverings, esp one with a brim and a shaped crown
  2. informal a role or capacity
  3. I'll eat my hatinformal I will be greatly surprised if (something that proves me wrong) happens
  4. keep something under one's hatto keep something secret
  5. pass the hat round, send the hat roundto collect money, as for a cause
  6. take off one's hat toto admire or congratulate
  7. talk through one's hatto talk foolishly
  8. to deceive or bluff
vb (hats, hatting, hatted)
  1. (transitive) to supply (a person, etc) with a hat or put a hat on (someone)
Etymology: Old English hætt; related to Old Norse höttr cap, Latin cassis helmet; see hood1

ˈhatless adj
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Collocations: a [winter, cowboy, sun, stocking, top] hat, a [straw, wool, knitted] hat, a [one-fit, fitted] hat, more...

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