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Definition of haze

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : fine dust, smoke, or light vapor causing lack of transparency of the air
b : a cloudy appearance in a transparent liquid or solid also : a dullness of finish (as on furniture)
2 : something suggesting atmospheric haze especially : vagueness of mind or mental perception
hazed; hazing

Definition of haze (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to make hazy, dull, or cloudy

intransitive verb

: to become hazy or cloudy
hazed; hazing

Definition of haze (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to harass by exacting unnecessary or disagreeable work
b : to harass by banter, ridicule, or criticism
2 : to haze by way of initiation haze the fraternity pledges
3 Western US : to drive (animals, such as cattle or horses) from horseback

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Verb (2)

hazer noun

Synonyms for haze

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb (2)

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Examples of haze in a Sentence

Noun The bar was filled with a smoky haze. She stumbled around in a drug-induced haze.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The haze is the product of chemical reactions in the upper atmosphere, driven by ultraviolet radiation. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Like Titan, Pluto’s atmosphere is hazy, but for a different reason," 28 Dec. 2020 Police launched tear gas rounds and fired rubber projectiles, prompting the crowd on the elevated roadway to flee from the choking haze. Matt Sledge, NOLA.com, "NOPD finds 'failures' in Crescent City Connection bridge tear gas confrontation in June," 21 Dec. 2020 And not to pile on the worries, but that haze also turns out to be loaded with microbes like bacteria and fungi. Matt Simon, Wired, "Wildfire Smoke Is Loaded With Microbes. Is That Dangerous?," 17 Dec. 2020 Through Tonight: Skies are largely clear, although there’s a bit of a haze out there that lingers. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, "PM Update: Generally pleasant weather lasts through Friday," 10 Dec. 2020 The charred corpse of a giant sequoia poked into the smoky haze. Los Angeles Times, "Hundreds of towering giant sequoias killed by the Castle fire — a stunning loss," 16 Nov. 2020 Such upgrades would have cut nitrogen oxide emissions, a leading cause of haze, by 75% according to the National Parks Conservation Association, or NPCA. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, "EPA guts plan that would have slashed pollution from Utah coal plants," 29 Oct. 2020 The haze over Hong Kong on the day of the region's inaugural 'flight to nowhere' was so thick that passengers couldn't see the city from the plane. Naomi Xu Elegant, Fortune, "Singapore is desperate to revive tourism and business travel. Here are all the ways it’s tried," 15 Dec. 2020 But the haze is especially bad each autumn, when a cloud of smoke blows in from the northwestern states of Punjab and Haryana. Nilanjana Bhowmick, National Geographic, "In New Delhi, burning season makes the air even more dangerous. Can anything be done?," 13 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Additional volunteers on horseback will haze the bison in an attempt to push them out of the park boundaries. Outdoor Life, "National Parks Service Increasingly Calls on Hunters to Help Cull Non-Native Bison, Mountain Goats," 24 Nov. 2020 In the West, haze and smoke from the wildfires are putting somewhat of a damper on the fall foliage season. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Fall foliage season is here! Despite chilly weather, colors are still 'vibrant' in parts of Northeast, Midwest," 8 Oct. 2020 Techniques like those helped successfully haze other bears in the Savage River area of the park this season, officials say. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Denali Park officials kill ‘food-conditioned’ grizzly in Kantishna-Wonder Lake area," 28 Sep. 2020 Areas around the Bay Area and Central Coast in California are expected to have smoke and haze persist on Wednesday, especially as the wildfires continue to rage. Adam Klotz, Fox News, "Air quality in Bay Area turns 'unhealthy' from California wildfire smoke, no relief from extreme heat in West," 19 Aug. 2020 Despite efforts to haze, trap or relocate the wild animal, CPW authorities have been unsuccessful and the bear has managed to remain free. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, "Colorado Officials Looking to Euthanize Bear After It Entered a Home and Attacked Owner," 10 July 2020 Prosecutors said that as fraternity president, Wahib allowed members to haze pledges, including forcing pledges to consume hot sauce and exercise. Sheridan Hendrix, USA TODAY, "Former Ohio University fraternity president pleads guilty to charges in death of pledge," 23 June 2020 It is not known how exactly the sticks were allegedly used, nor how many players were hazing victims. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Warren De La Salle football hazing claims: Players were violated with sticks, sources say," 1 Nov. 2019 Montana Resources already had been hazing incoming birds with spotlights and rifle shots into the water - and a spokesman says those existing deterrents likely helped the company avoid a penalty or prosecution under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. CBS News, "Trump rule could kill "billions of birds" and devastate endangered species, former wildlife chief says," 1 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of haze


1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (1)

1801, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Verb (2)

1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for haze


probably back-formation from hazy

Verb (2)

origin unknown

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Last Updated

13 Jan 2021

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“Haze.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/haze. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce haze (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of haze

: dust, smoke, or mist that has filled the air so that you cannot see clearly
: a state of confusion


\ ˈhāz How to pronounce haze (audio) \

Kids Definition of haze

: fine dust, smoke, or fine particles of water in the air

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