molest

verb
mo·​lest | \ mə-ˈlest How to pronounce molest (audio) \
molested; molesting; molests

Definition of molest

transitive verb

1 : to annoy, disturb, or persecute especially with hostile intent or injurious effect The zookeeper warned the visitors not to molest the animals.
2 : to make annoying sexual advances to especially : to force physical and usually sexual contact on He was sent to prison for molesting children.

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Other Words from molest

molestation \ ˌmō-​ˌle-​ˈstā-​shən How to pronounce molestation (audio) , ˌmä-​ , -​lə-​ \ noun
molester \ mə-​ˈle-​stər How to pronounce molester (audio) \ noun

Examples of molest in a Sentence

He was sent to jail for molesting children. It was illegal to molest, capture, or kill any of the animals in the park.

Recent Examples on the Web

Federal prosecutors allege Epstein paid underage girls for massages and then molested them at his homes in Plam Beach and New York between 2002 and 2005. Fox News, "Florida sheriff orders investigation into Jeffrey Epstein's work release program," 20 July 2019 Epstein is accused of paying underage girls hundreds of dollars in cash for massages and then molesting them at his homes in Florida and New York. Jill Colvin, Anchorage Daily News, "What did Epstein’s famous friends know and see?," 9 July 2019 Federal prosecutors in New York accuse him of abusing dozens of underage girls in the early 2000s, paying them hundreds of dollars in cash for massages and then molesting them at his homes in Florida and New York. Alan Fram, The Denver Post, "Trump defends Acosta but will look into Epstein plea deal," 9 July 2019 Epstein is accused of paying underage girls hundreds of dollars in cash for massages and then molesting them at his homes in Florida and New York. Jill Colvin, sun-sentinel.com, "What did Jeffrey Epstein’s famous friends know and see?," 8 July 2019 Epstein was accused of paying underage girls hundreds of dollars in cash for massages and then molesting them at his homes in Florida and New York from 2002 through 2005. orlandosentinel.com, "New sex charges filed against Jeffrey Epstein as nude photos allegedly found," 8 July 2019 The events that engulfed Venckiene included the slaying of another judge accused of molesting her niece; and the death of Venckiene’s brother who leveled the initial child-abuse accusation and was a suspect in the murder. Washington Post, "Jailed judge alleging pedophile ring on verge of extradition," 22 July 2019 Federal prosecutors in New York accuse Epstein of molesting girls at his homes in Florida and New York from 2002 through 2005, according to the Associated Press. Mary Kilpatrick, cleveland.com, "Ohio State University reviews donations from Jeffrey Epstein, calls his crimes reprehensible," 16 July 2019 The actor was charged with drugging and molesting only one woman, but five of the 50 women who came forward with allegations against him were allowed to testify during his trial. Alene Tchekmedyian, latimes.com, "Prosecutors face challenges as they move to prove Tyndall allegations, experts say," 2 July 2019

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First Known Use of molest

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for molest

Middle English, from Anglo-French molester, from Latin molestare, from molestus burdensome, annoying; akin to Latin moles mass

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molest

verb

English Language Learners Definition of molest

: to harm (someone) through sexual contact : to touch (someone) in a sexual and improper way
old-fashioned : to bother or annoy (someone or something)

molest

verb
mo·​lest | \ mə-ˈlest How to pronounce molest (audio) \
molested; molesting

Kids Definition of molest

: to disturb or injure by interfering
mo·​lest | \ mə-ˈlest How to pronounce molest (audio) \

Legal Definition of molest

1 : to annoy, disturb, or persecute especially with hostile intent or injurious effect
2 : to make annoying sexual advances to specifically : to force physical and usually sexual contact on (as a child)

Other Words from molest

molestation \ ˌmō-​ˌles-​ˈtā-​shən, ˌmä-​, -​ləs-​ How to pronounce molestation (audio) \ noun
molester noun

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