haunt

verb
\ ˈhȯnt, ˈhänt\
haunted; haunting; haunts

Definition of haunt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to visit often : frequent spends a lot of time haunting bookstores
b : to continually seek the company of haunting celebrities impostors that haunt the official in foreign ports— Van Wyck Brooks
2a : to have a disquieting or harmful effect on : trouble problems we ignore now will come back to haunt us
b : to recur constantly and spontaneously to the tune haunted her
c : to reappear continually in a sense of tension that haunts his writing
3 : to visit or inhabit as a ghost believed that the house was haunted Spirits are supposed to haunt the places where their bodies most resorted …— Charles Dickens

intransitive verb

1 : to stay around or persist : linger a haunting fragrance
2 : to appear habitually as a ghost not far from … where she haunted appeared for a short time a much more remarkable spirit— W. B. Yeats

haunt

noun
\ ˈhȯnt, ˈhänt, sense 2 is usually ˈhant\

Definition of haunt (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a place habitually frequented a favorite haunt of college kids
2 chiefly dialectal : ghost

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Other Words from haunt

Verb

haunter noun
hauntingly \ ˈhȯn-​tiŋ-​lē , ˈhän-​ \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for haunt

Synonyms: Verb

affect, frequent, habituate, hang (at), resort (to), visit

Synonyms: Noun

hangout, purlieu, rendezvous, resort, stamping ground, stomping ground

Antonyms: Verb

avoid, shun

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Examples of haunt in a Sentence

Verb

Some people believe that the ghost of an old sea captain haunts the beach. If you ignore the problem, it will come back to haunt you. Their failure to plan ahead is now coming back to haunt them. The tune haunted me all day.

Noun

The restaurant became one of her favorite haunts. one of their favorite after-school haunts is Joe's Pizza
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Estimated Debut: January Key Players: Man-Sing Lee, Joyce Wang Lauded Hong Kong Chinese haunt Mott 32 brings its first U.S. outlet to The Venetian in Vegas. Kat Odell, Vogue, "2019’s Most Anticipated American Restaurant Openings," 3 Jan. 2019 The trio with a badass female lead singer/guitarist can go from poppy punk to grunge to haunting ballads. The Editors, Marie Claire, "Marie Claire Editors Tell You Their Favorite Things You Probably Missed in 2018," 31 Dec. 2018 They have been seared into my memory and have haunted me episodically as an adult. Fox News, "Brit Hume on fallout from Kavanaugh hearing; Alan Dershowitz on Rachel Mitchell's performance," 28 Sep. 2018 They have been seared into my memory and have haunted me episodically as an adult. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Read the Full Transcript of Christine Blasey Ford's Opening Statement at Brett Kavanaugh's Hearing," 27 Sep. 2018 Yes, someone might disappear from your life in a ghost-like fashion, but ghosts are known for haunting, for sticking around past their welcome. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, ""Orbiting" Is the New Breakup Habit That's Worse Than Ghosting," 11 Dec. 2018 To this day, the history of Los Alamos still haunts New Mexico. Paul Ross, Popular Mechanics, "I Am Become Opera: An Atomic Show In the Shadow of Los Alamos," 27 July 2018 But the pain of that night’s loss haunts this week’s final, a prodding anxiety that something like that might happen again. Laurent Dubois, The Atlantic, "France’s Ghosts Return for the World Cup," 14 July 2018 If that chick is a male, (females often leave the area), the owl will probably haunt these same spruce on the darkest days of December. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "During long summer days in Alaska, Boreal owls perform by daylight," 30 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For instance, in Tokyo’s robot restaurant, a top tourist haunt, diners can eat alongside dancing machines — which of course isn’t representative of daily Japanese life. Alex Ward, Vox, "What I learned go-karting around Tokyo dressed as Spider-Man," 12 Dec. 2018 One of their favorite haunts is an area called Happy Hollow. Maria Carter, Country Living, "You Would Never Know The Photographer Behind These Gorgeous Images is Legally Blind," 15 Sep. 2015 The two-story home, on the market for $2.895 million, was the longtime haunt of film icon Mickey Rooney. Jack Flemming, latimes.com, "Longtime Westlake Village home of entertainer Mickey Rooney seeks $2.9 million," 22 May 2018 Inner Loop Mongoose Versus Cobra The chalkboard grid spanning one wall in this hip Midtown haunt lists the more than 40 beers on tap, including options from Europe and at least a dozen from Texas. Jody Schmal & Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Where to tipple craft beer in Houston," 10 May 2018 The Fullerton Bay Hotel The vast lobby, with its high ceilings and dramatic arches, frames this haunt of the glamorous. Audrey Phoon, Condé Nast Traveler, "25 Best Hotels in Singapore," 28 Feb. 2018 The city is growing again, and some of Bulger’s former haunts have been washed away by gentrification. Jennifer Levitz, WSJ, "Notorious Boston Mobster ‘Whitey’ Bulger Dies in Prison," 31 Oct. 2018 Spooky spots: Shadowy figures have been reported not only in the Shanghai Tunnels, but in nearby haunts above ground. Condé Nast Traveler, "8 Most Haunted Cities In America and Why You Should Visit," 18 Oct. 2018 Little Barn 1050 Post Road East, Westport Popular local haunt in a funky, little barn. Sarah Wesley Lemire, courant.com, "Five Connecticut Shoreline Destinations: All You Need To Know," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of haunt

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for haunt

Verb and Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French hanter, probably from Old Norse heimta to lead home, pull, claim, from heimr home

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haupia

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haunt

verb

English Language Learners Definition of haunt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

of a ghost : to visit or live in (a place)

: to eventually cause problems for (someone) as time passes

: to keep coming back to the mind of (someone) especially in a way that makes the person sad or upset

haunt

noun

English Language Learners Definition of haunt (Entry 2 of 2)

: a place that you go to often

haunt

verb
\ ˈhȯnt \
haunted; haunting

Kids Definition of haunt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to visit or live in as a ghost Spirits haunt the house.
2 : to visit often … I began haunting the docks when the ferry … came in.— Katherine Paterson, Jacob Have I Loved
3 : to come to mind frequently The song haunts me.

haunt

noun

Kids Definition of haunt (Entry 2 of 2)

: a place often visited The café is her favorite haunt.

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