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Definition of bug verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bug
    he / she / it bugs
    past simple bugged
    -ing form bugging
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  1. 1bug something to put a special device (= a bug) somewhere in order to listen secretly to other people's conversations They bugged her hotel room. They were bugging his phone conversations. a bugging device
  2. 2bug somebody (informal) to annoy or irritate someone Stop bugging me! It's something that's been bugging me a lot recently. She's really beginning to bug me.
  3. Phrasal Verbsbug off!bug out
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: bug