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bug

 
pronunciation:
buhg
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
phrases:
bug off, bug out
grammatical pattern:
IT + verb smby+ that, It + verb smby+ when, IT + verb smby + inf, verb smby + inf
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: any of a large group of insects with sucking mouths and forewings thickened at the base, such as the water bug.
The stink bug is native to China and Japan.
definition 2: (informal) any insect or insect-like organism.
The screens keep most of the bugs from getting in.She let out a scream when a large bug landed on her face.
 
synonyms:
insect
similar words:
arthropod, fly, gnat, vermin
definition 3: (informal) a virus or bacterium, esp. one that causes disease, or a disease caused by such a virus or bacterium.
He must have caught some bug when he was on vacation.She was absent for several days with an awful bug.
synonyms:
germ
similar words:
bacterium, illness, infection, sickness, virus
definition 4: (informal) a flaw that prevents something from working properly.
I hope you can fix this bug in my computer program.
synonyms:
defect, fault, flaw
similar words:
drawback, error, imperfection
definition 5: (informal) an electronic listening device that has been secretly installed.
The security police had put several bugs in his apartment.
synonyms:
tap, wiretap
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: bugs, bugging, bugged
definition 1: (informal) to annoy or pester.
The sound of that dripping really bugs me.Don't bug me when I'm trying to study!It bugs me that she never answers her phone.[IT + verb smby+ that ] It bugs her when people cut into the ticket line.[It + verb smby+ when ] It bugs me to have to remind her to clean up after herself.[IT + verb smby + inf ]
synonyms:
annoy, bother, irritate
similar words:
anger, badger, disturb, eat, get one's goat, harass, irk, nag, needle, peeve, pester, plague, provoke, rasp, trouble
definition 2: (informal) to perplex, disturb, or bother.
This one problem is still bugging me; I just can't figure it out.Doesn't it bug you that you were the only one who didn't get invited?[IT verb + smby + that ] It worries me when our son acts like that, but it doesn't seem to bug my wife.
definition 3: (informal) to persistently request.
I have to bug him to take his pills; otherwise, he doesn't bother to take them.[verb smby + inf ] The kids have been bugging me to take them to the pool all morning.[verb smby + inf ]
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phrase: bug off
phrase: bug out
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  arthropod, insect