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Definition of haunt verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    haunt

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    verb
    BrE BrE//hɔːnt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//hɔːnt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they haunt
    BrE BrE//hɔːnt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//hɔːnt//
     
    he / she / it haunts
    BrE BrE//hɔːnts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//hɔːnts//
     
    past simple haunted
    BrE BrE//ˈhɔːntɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɔːntɪd//
     
    past participle haunted
    BrE BrE//ˈhɔːntɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɔːntɪd//
     
    -ing form haunting
    BrE BrE//ˈhɔːntɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɔːntɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1haunt something/somebody if the ghost of a dead person haunts a place, people say that they have seen it there A headless rider haunts the country lanes. I’ll come back to haunt you!
  2. 2haunt somebody if something unpleasant haunts you, it keeps coming to your mind so that you cannot forget it The memory of that day still haunts me. For years she was haunted by guilt.
  3. 3haunt somebody to continue to cause problems for somebody for a long time That decision came back to haunt him. She has been haunted by her past during her career.
  4. Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘frequent (a place)’): from Old French hanter, of Germanic origin; distantly related to home.Extra examples He said he would come back to haunt her. He will be haunted forever by his failed attempt to rescue the children. That decision came back to haunt him in later life. These visions continued to haunt her for many years. a Norman castle which is reputedly haunted the great fear that still haunts her
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