tease suggests an attempt to break down one's resistance or rouse to wrath.
children teased the dog
Examples of harass in a Sentence
She was constantly harassed by the other students.
He claims that he is being unfairly harassed by the police.
Recent Examples on the WebAfter being hunted and harassed for hundreds of years, the North American beaver is poised to make a comeback in the Golden State, and its resurgence could help fight certain effects of climate change.—Grace Toohey, Los Angeles Times, 11 Sep. 2023 The renegade otter harassing surfers near Santa Cruz this summer might be emboldened because someone fed it.—Dino Grandoni and Melina Mara, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Sep. 2023 The University of Alabama has addressed the acts of spectators who verbally and physically harassed Texas football players and their parents during Saturday night’s game.—Nick Alvarez | Nalvarez@al.com, al, 11 Sep. 2023 The actor and Church of Scientology also face a civil case from the women, who claim that they have been harassed by members after reporting the rapes to law enforcement.—Winston Cho, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Sep. 2023 Brooks was a primary defender on the Dallas Mavericks’ star, harassing him into a poor shooting game (8 for 20).—oregonlive, 7 Sep. 2023 Scream | Official Trailer (HD) - Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Drew Barrymore | Miramax
While grieving the death of her mother, Sidney (Neve Campbell) finds herself being harassed by a masked killer.—Amy MacKelden, ELLE, 6 Sep. 2023 In the early 2000s, Regina George in Mean Girls personified the calculating bully who used verbal abuse and social isolation to harass other students.—Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Discover Magazine, 5 Sep. 2023 As the dragnet continued, police later arrested Stennett on stalking charges that accused him of harassing Jordan earlier this year.—Cory Shaffer, cleveland, 31 Aug. 2023 See More
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French harasser, from Middle French, from harer to set a dog on, from Old French hare, interjection used to incite dogs, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German hier here — more at here