harass

verb
ha·​rass | \ hə-ˈras How to pronounce harass (audio) ; ˈher-əs, ˈha-rəs How to pronounce harass (audio) \
harassed; harassing; harasses

Definition of harass

transitive verb

1a : exhaust, fatigue I have been harassed with the toil of verse— William Wordsworth
b(1) : to annoy persistently was harassing his younger brother
(2) : to create an unpleasant or hostile situation for especially by uninvited and unwelcome verbal or physical conduct was being harassed by her classmates claims that the police were unfairly harassing him
2 : to worry and impede by repeated raids harassed the enemy

Other Words from harass

harasser noun
harassment \ hə-​ˈras-​mənt How to pronounce harass (audio) ; ˈher-​əs-​ , ˈha-​rəs-​ How to pronounce harass (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for harass

worry, annoy, harass, harry, plague, pester, tease mean to disturb or irritate by persistent acts. worry implies an incessant goading or attacking that drives one to desperation. pursued a policy of worrying the enemy annoy implies disturbing one's composure or peace of mind by intrusion, interference, or petty attacks. you're doing that just to annoy me harass implies petty persecutions or burdensome demands that exhaust one's nervous or mental power. harassed on all sides by creditors harry may imply heavy oppression or maltreatment. the strikers had been harried by thugs plague implies a painful and persistent affliction. plagued all her life by poverty pester stresses the repetition of petty attacks. constantly pestered with trivial complaints 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 Web In the video, a group of locals harass a pair of juvenile leopards that seem to be severely drugged. Ben Ayers, Outside Online, 27 July 2022 In both instances, came into my photography class with Mr. and began to harass me about . Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 7 July 2022 Gang members began to harass her, then brutally beat her, breaking her arm in 2015, Nolasco said. Marcos Aleman, Star Tribune, 5 June 2021 When Luz at 15 came out as a lesbian, gang members began to harass her at school. Cindy Carcamo Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 29 Mar. 2021 One example of misgendering and deadnaming came last month when a conservative social media pundit sent a swarm of Twitter users to harass transgender actor Elliot Page with the wrong pronoun and name. Amanda Seitz, BostonGlobe.com, 13 July 2022 And these trolls came on to those pages and started to harass the family members. CBS News, 1 June 2022 Investigators found multiple emails used to harass the victim linked to Baltierra’s devices along with his search history. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2022 Doxing is the process of sharing personal information like addresses or phone numbers online in an effort to harass someone. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, 17 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of harass

1617, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for harass

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

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2 Aug 2022

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More Definitions for harass

harass

verb
ha·​rass | \ hə-ˈras How to pronounce harass (audio) , ˈher-əs \
harassed; harassing

Kids Definition of harass

1 : to annoy again and again
2 : to make repeated attacks against an enemy

Other Words from harass

harassment \ -​mənt \ noun

harass

transitive verb
ha·​rass | \ hə-ˈras, ˈhar-əs How to pronounce harass (audio) \

Legal Definition of harass

: to subject persistently and wrongfully to annoying, offensive, or troubling behavior a collection agency harassing a debtor — see also sexual harassment

Other Words from harass

harasser noun
harassment noun

History and Etymology for harass

Middle French harasser to exhaust, fatigue, from harer to set a dog on, from Old French hare, interjection used to incite dogs

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