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 Similar reports of doxing are reverberating around China with victims reporting cases of being harassed by strangers. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Patient or prisoner? Governments deploy surveillance tech to track coronavirus victims," 5 Feb. 2020 In her relatively short time in the limelight, she’s been both ambushed by fans and harassed by autograph seekers. Braden Bjella, Teen Vogue, "Billie Eilish Just Called Out People Trying to Impersonate Her in Public," 31 Jan. 2020 Garland was harassed by some of Hollywood’s most powerful men. Elena Nicolaou, refinery29.com, "What Made Judy Garland’s Life So Tragic," 29 Jan. 2020 The longer video revealed that the students had seemingly been harassed by a group of Black Hebrew Israelite protesters, which had not been seen in the original viral clip. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Bus carrying Covington Catholic students back from DC involved in fatal crash," 25 Jan. 2020 In the years after the assault, Ms. Sciorra said, Mr. Weinstein continued to harass her. Jan Ransom, New York Times, "Annabella Sciorra Testifies in Harvey Weinstein Trial: ‘He Raped Me’," 23 Jan. 2020 Whelan has reported that the guards at the prison have threatened, abused and harassed him. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Freep.com, "Paul Whelan and family continue to fight a year after he's accused of spying in Russia," 22 Jan. 2020 In one survey, nearly half of female medical students reported being harassed by faculty or staff. Megan Thielking, STAT, "At Time’s Up Healthcare, a new leader seeks inclusiveness to boost ‘a mission and a movement’," 16 Dec. 2019 Others had their long hair cut by force or were harassed by other citizens. The Economist, "Flower power A new documentary chronicles the secret history of Soviet hippies," 18 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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“Harass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/harassment?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=h&file=harass04. Accessed 22 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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