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haunt

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verb \ˈhȯnt, ˈhänt\

Simple Definition of haunt

  • of a ghost : to visit or live in (a place)

  • : to eventually cause problems for (someone) as time passes

  • : to keep coming back to the mind of (someone) especially in a way that makes the person sad or upset

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of haunt

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to visit often :  frequent b :  to continually seek the company of

  3. 2 a :  to have a disquieting or harmful effect on :  trouble <problems we ignore now will come back to haunt us> b :  to recur constantly and spontaneously to <the tune haunted her> c :  to reappear continually in <a sense of tension that haunts his writing>

  4. 3 :  to visit or inhabit as a ghost

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to stay around or persist :  linger

  7. 2 :  to appear habitually as a ghost

haunter

noun

hauntingly

play \ˈhȯn-tiŋ-lē, ˈhän-\ adverb

Examples of haunt in a sentence

  1. Some people believe that the ghost of an old sea captain haunts the beach.

  2. If you ignore the problem, it will come back to haunt you.

  3. Their failure to plan ahead is now coming back to haunt them.

  4. The tune haunted me all day.



Origin and Etymology of haunt

Middle English, from Anglo-French hanter, probably from Old Norse heimta to lead home, pull, claim, from heimr home


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with haunt


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haunt

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noun \ˈhȯnt, ˈhänt, 2 is usually ˈhant\

Simple Definition of haunt

  • : a place that you go to often

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of haunt

  1. 1 :  a place habitually frequented

  2. 2 chiefly dialect :  ghost

Examples of haunt in a sentence

  1. The restaurant became one of her favorite haunts.

  2. <one of their favorite after-school haunts is Joe's Pizza>



14th Century

First Known Use of haunt

14th century



HAUNT Defined for Kids

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haunt

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verb \ˈhȯnt\

Definition of haunt for Students

haunted

haunting

  1. 1 :  to visit or live in as a ghost <Spirits haunt the house.>

  2. 2 :  to visit often <… I began haunting the docks when the ferry … came in. — Katherine Paterson, Jacob Have I Loved>

  3. 3 :  to come to mind frequently <The song haunts me.>




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haunt

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Definition of haunt for Students

  1. :  a place often visited <The café is her favorite haunt.>





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