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haunt

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verb \ˈhȯnt, ˈhänt\

Definition of haunt

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to visit often :  frequent spends a lot of time haunting bookstoresb :  to continually seek the company of haunting celebrities impostors that haunt the official in foreign ports — Van Wyck Brooks

  3. 2a :  to have a disquieting or harmful effect on :  trouble problems we ignore now will come back to haunt usb :  to recur constantly and spontaneously to the tune haunted herc :  to reappear continually in a sense of tension that haunts his writing

  4. 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

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to stay around or persist :  linger a haunting fragrance

  7. 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

haunter

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hauntingly

play \ˈhȯn-tiŋ-lē, ˈhän-\ adverb

Examples of haunt in a Sentence

  1. Some people believe that the ghost of an old sea captain haunts the beach.

  2. If you ignore the problem, it will come back to haunt you.

  3. Their failure to plan ahead is now coming back to haunt them.

  4. The tune haunted me all day.

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Origin and Etymology of haunt

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


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haunt

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

Definition of haunt

  1. 1 :  a place habitually frequented a favorite haunt of college kids

  2. 2 chiefly dialectal :  ghost

Examples of haunt in a Sentence

  1. The restaurant became one of her favorite haunts.

  2. one of their favorite after-school haunts is Joe's Pizza

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Origin and Etymology of haunt

see 1haunt



HAUNT Defined for English Language Learners

haunt

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Definition of haunt for English Language Learners

  • 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

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Definition of haunt for English Language Learners

  • : a place that you go to often


HAUNT Defined for Kids

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haunt

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verb \ˈhȯnt\

Definition of haunt for Students

haunted

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haunting

  1. 1 :  to visit or live in as a ghost Spirits haunt the house.

  2. 2 :  to visit often … I began haunting the docks when the ferry … came in. — Katherine Paterson, Jacob Have I Loved

  3. 3 :  to come to mind frequently The song haunts me.


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haunt

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Definition of haunt for Students

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



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