Definition of harass
1a : exhaust, fatigue I have been harassed with the toil of verse — William Wordsworthb (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
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 of harass from the Web
There’s this very prolific guy at the top who sexually harasses everyone, and victims were too afraid to speak out until finally, a couple of women came to me.
The New York Times More than two dozen women in the technology start-up industry spoke to The Times in recent days about being sexually harassed.
Powerful men in the tech industry using their position to harass women who are trying to build companies or careers.
Earlier this year, he was banned from Twitter for harassing a journalist.
Under ultra-Orthodox management, the wall is currently separated between men's and women's prayer sections and those attempting to hold egalitarian services in the area are often heckled and harassed.
The tactics used to harass and menace Choices’ patients, families, volunteers, and staff are not only horrifying—
Attorneys representing women who alleged they were sexually harassed at Fox News have urged British regulators to nix the deal.
Iran, for example, uses its Navy to harass smaller American patrol boats in the Persian Gulf – but leaves the planes at home.
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Synonym Discussion of harass
HARASS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of harass for English Language Learners
: to annoy or bother (someone) in a constant or repeated way
: to make repeated attacks against (an enemy)
HARASS Defined for Kids
Definition of harass for Students
1 : to annoy again and again
2 : to make repeated attacks against an enemy
Origin and Etymology of 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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