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 harass (audio) ; ˈher-​əs-​ , ˈha-​rəs-​ How to pronounce harass (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for harass

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 President Biden this week finally appointed a replacement for Federal Trade Commissioner Rohit Chopra, so the acolyte of Sen. Elizabeth Warren can move on to harass businesses as the next director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 15 Sep. 2021 The Ravens have to find a way to harass quarterbacks without constantly blitzing. Mike Preston, baltimoresun.com, 14 Sep. 2021 By then, some of the fans who’d come to see Djokovic clinch a Grand Slam had managed to loudly harass Medvedev into double faults. Gerald Marzorati, The New Yorker, 13 Sep. 2021 Police are done giving warnings: Panhandlers who harass customers out eating or drinking on Delray Beach’s fashionable Atlantic Avenue will be arrested and subject to criminal penalties. Wells Dusenbury, sun-sentinel.com, 11 Sep. 2021 For example, social recordings of males, which are known to harass females, calves, and antagonize other males, drove most dolphins away. Max G. Levy, Wired, 9 Sep. 2021 Earnest Brown IV and outside linebacker Chris Garrett will have the chance to harass quarterbacks Teddy Bridgewater and Drew Lock. Gary Klein Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 27 Aug. 2021 Instead, some weeks later, the manager was transferred to another store, given a fresh start -- presumably free to harass an unsuspecting new group of young women. Allison Hope, CNN, 11 Aug. 2021 Attorney General Ashley Moody said in a statement that Cernech worked with the Chaits to harass the company into paying them the millions of dollars. Lisa J. Huriash, sun-sentinel.com, 27 Aug. 2021

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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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19 Sep 2021

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“Harass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/harass. Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for harass

harass

verb

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

harass

transitive verb
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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