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

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Other Words from harass

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

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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 September 2008: Oakland agrees to pay $2 million to 16 Asian women who say they were groped, harassed or victimized by officer Richard Valerga, who was forced to resign and sentenced to six months in jail. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "A timeline of chaos: Oakland police chief’s firing the latest embarrassment two decades after ‘Riders’ scandal," 21 Feb. 2020 The accounts were used to harass activists, according to details gathered by Gibney and shared with CNN Business. Donie O'sullivan, CNN, "How fake faces are being weaponized online," 20 Feb. 2020 Maritza's sister, Cielo, told her to stand up for herself if classmates use Trump's words to harass her, but Maritza is quieter than her sibling. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump’s rhetoric has changed the way kids are bullied in classrooms," 14 Feb. 2020 Maritza’s sister, Cielo, told her to stand up for herself if classmates use Trump’s words to harass her, but Maritza is quieter than her sibling. Washington Post, "The president’s rhetoric has changed the way hundreds of children are harassed in American classrooms, The Post found," 13 Feb. 2020 Pekala, 63, who is in federal custody in Dallas, used U.S. mail, telephone, email, texts and social media to harass and harm Hill, according to his indictment. Kevin Krause, Dallas News, "Illinois man charged with cyberstalking Dallas philanthropist Lyda Hill," 30 Jan. 2020 The Boilermakers set the tone in the opening minutes by harassing UW’s shooters and bullying the Badgers on the glass en route to an easy 70-51 victory Friday night at Mackey Arena. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Purdue 70, Wisconsin 51: Execution on offense and effort on the glass were atrocious in the first half," 24 Jan. 2020 Perryman-Dunn’s twin sister, Jen Emrich, who also briefly worked for Kelly, speaks as well, to praise the social-media campaign that has harassed and posted private information about Kelly’s accusers. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The R. Kelly Story Is Bigger Than Most People Know," 2 Jan. 2020 The government has used different tactics to control speech and keep reformers and others from organizing, including employing troll armies to harass and intimidate users online. Daisy Nguyen And Brian Melley, chicagotribune.com, "2 former Twitter employees spied on thousands of accounts for Saudi Arabia, U.S. prosecutors say," 6 Nov. 2019

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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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25 Feb 2020

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“Harass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/harass. Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for harass

harass

verb
How to pronounce harass (audio) How to pronounce harass (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of harass

: to annoy or bother (someone) in a constant or repeated way
: to make repeated attacks against (an enemy)

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
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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