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harass

har·ass

harass

 
 
pronunciation:
h raes [or] hae rs
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: harassed, harasses, harassing
definition 1: to trouble or disturb repeatedly or persistently.
Hecklers harassed the speaker until he fell silent.
 
synonyms:
badger, bedevil, beset, besiege, harry, hassle
similar words:
annoy, bait, beleaguer, bother, heckle, irritate, nag, nettle, persecute, pester, pick on, pursue, ride, taunt, torment, trouble, vex, worry
definition 2: to hinder or exhaust (an opponent) by repeated attacks.
synonyms:
beset, harry
similar words:
assail, assault, attack, besiege, exhaust
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derivations: harassingly (adv.), harassment (n.)
Word History
Harass may come from an early French word that means "to excite the hunting dogs."