- 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."
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hat /hæt/USA pronunciation
n., v., hat•ted, hat•ting. n. [countable]
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
v. [~ + object]
- Clothinga shaped covering for the head, usually with a crown and often a brim.
- to provide with a hat;
put a hat on.
- 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.
- Idiomshat in hand, humbly and respectfully:I asked for help, hat in hand.
- Idiomspass the hat, to ask for contributions of money, as for charity:They passed the hat and took in almost $500.
- Idiomstake one's hat off to, [~ + object] to express high regard for;
praise:I take my hat off to her; she deserves the award.
- Idiomstalk through one's hat, [no object] to make unsupported absurd statements.
- 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.
- Idiomsunder one's hat, secret;
confidential:Keep this information under your hat.
- 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),USA pronunciation n., v., hat•ted, hat•ting. n.
- a shaped covering for the head, usually with a crown and brim, esp. for wear outdoors.
- Religion[Rom. Cath. Ch.]
- the distinctive head covering of a cardinal.
- the office or dignity of a cardinal. Cf. red hat.
- Idiomshat in hand, humbly;
respectfully:He approached the boss, hat in hand.
- 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.
- Idiomstake off one's hat to, to express high regard for;
praise:We took off our hats to their courage and daring.
- 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.
- 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.
- Idiomsunder one's hat, confidential;
secret:I'll tell you the real story, but keep it under your hat.
- 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.
- to provide with a hat;
put a hat on.
- bef. 900; Middle English; Old English hætt; cognate with Old Norse hǫttr hood; akin to hood1
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hat /hæt/ n
vb (hats, hatting, hatted)
- any of various head coverings, esp one with a brim and a shaped crown
- informal a role or capacity
- I'll eat my hat ⇒ informal I will be greatly surprised if (something that proves me wrong) happens
- keep something under one's hat ⇒ to keep something secret
- pass the hat round, send the hat round ⇒ to collect money, as for a cause
- take off one's hat to ⇒ to admire or congratulate
- talk through one's hat ⇒ to talk foolishly
- to deceive or bluff
Etymology: Old English hætt; related to Old Norse höttr cap, Latin cassis helmet; see hood1ˈhatless adj
- (transitive) to supply (a person, etc) with a hat or put a hat on (someone)
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