harass

verb
ha·​rass | \ hə-ˈras ; ˈher-əs, ˈha-rəs \
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 ; ˈher-​əs-​ , ˈha-​rəs-​ \ 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.

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In addition to her own experience, each of the 54 women Papisova interviewed reported being harassed during the festival. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Coachella Announced Sexual Harassment Prevention Efforts," 4 Jan. 2019 Potomac Watch Podcast The goal is to identify donors who don’t genuflect to progressive views, then bully or harass them to stop giving. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Majority Preservation Act," 7 Jan. 2019 In Saturday’s win, the Colts sacked Watson three times, harassed him all game and got one interception. Tom Withers, The Seattle Times, "Browns interview Colts’ Eberflus after wild-card playoff win," 6 Jan. 2019 According to Dushku, Weatherly’s behavior toward her seemed to give Bull crew members tacit permission to harass her. Constance Grady, Vox, "Eliza Dushku was harassed at CBS. The report suggests the network’s problems go deep.," 14 Dec. 2018 As reported by Eurogamer, a day after Fallout 76’s launch, one player took to Twitter to share footage of a group harassing them. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Bethesda permanently bans Fallout 76 players after homophobic in-game assault," 30 Nov. 2018 And when Susie continues to be harassed by football players, Sabrina seeks revenge, recruiting the Weird Sisters from the Other Realm boarding school. Danielle Corcione, Teen Vogue, ""Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Star Lachlan Watson on Non-Binary Identity and Telling a Bit of Their Own Story Through Susie Putnam," 29 Oct. 2018 Last week, Paul was chased and verbally harassed by anti-Kavanaugh activists at Washington's Reagan National Airport. Fox News, "Eric Holder rejects Michelle Obama's call for civility: 'When they go low, we kick 'em'," 10 Oct. 2018 Subsequently, several former seminarians and priests reported that they too had been abused or harassed by McCarrick as adults. David Crary, The Seattle Times, "Poll: US Catholics fault pope’s handling of sex abuse crisis," 2 Oct. 2018

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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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harass

verb

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 , 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 \

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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