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    • US Pronunciation
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    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [hahyp]
    • /haɪp/
    • /haɪp/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [hahyp]
    • /haɪp/

Definitions of hype word

  • verb with object hype to stimulate, excite, or agitate (usually followed by up): She was hyped up at the thought of owning her own car. 1
  • verb with object hype to create interest in by flamboyant or dramatic methods; promote or publicize showily: a promoter who knows how to hype a prizefight. 1
  • verb with object hype to intensify (advertising, promotion, or publicity) by ingenious or questionable claims, methods, etc. (usually followed by up). 1
  • verb with object hype to trick; gull. 1
  • noun hype a hypodermic needle. 1
  • noun hype a drug addict, especially one who uses a hypodermic needle. 1

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Origin of hype

First appearance:

before 1925
One of the 11% newest English words
1925-30, Americanism; in sense “to trick, swindle,” of uncertain origin; subsequent senses perhaps by reanalysis as a shortening of hyperbole

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Parts of speech for Hype


hype popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 84% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

hype usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for hype

noun hype

  • buildup — praise or favorable publicity, esp. when systematic and intended to make something popular, well-known, etc.
  • promotion — advancement in rank or position.
  • advertising — Advertising is the activity of creating advertisements and making sure people see them.
  • plugging — a piece of wood or other material used to stop up a hole or aperture, to fill a gap, or to act as a wedge.
  • publicity — extensive mention in the news media or by word of mouth or other means of communication.

verb hype

  • publicise — to give publicity to; bring to public notice; advertise: They publicized the meeting as best they could.
  • publicize — to give publicity to; bring to public notice; advertise: They publicized the meeting as best they could.
  • build up — If you build up something or if it builds up, it gradually becomes bigger, for example because more is added to it.
  • tout — to solicit business, employment, votes, or the like, importunately.
  • push — to press upon or against (a thing) with force in order to move it away.

Antonyms for hype

noun hype

  • secrecy — the state or condition of being secret, hidden, or concealed: a meeting held in secrecy.

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