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har·ass

harass

 
 
pronunciation:
h raes [or] hae rs
features:
Word Combinations (verb), Word History
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: harasses, harassing, harassed
definition 1: to trouble or disturb repeatedly or persistently.
Hecklers harassed the speaker until he fell silent.The early female medical students were harassed by their fellow male students.I would be able to finish this quicker if you would stop harassing me.
 
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.
We will harass the enemy until they surrender.
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."