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

     

    haze

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//heɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//heɪz//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they haze
    BrE BrE//heɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//heɪz//
     
    he / she / it hazes
    BrE BrE//ˈheɪzɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈheɪzɪz//
     
    past simple hazed
    BrE BrE//heɪzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//heɪzd//
     
    past participle hazed
    BrE BrE//heɪzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//heɪzd//
     
    -ing form hazing
    BrE BrE//ˈheɪzɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈheɪzɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] haze (something) to become covered or to cover something in a haze
  2. 2[transitive] haze somebody (North American English) to play tricks on somebody, especially a new student, or to give them very unpleasant things to do, sometimes as a condition for entering a fraternity or sorority Several students were hospitalized for injuries caused by hazing.
  3. Word Originverb sense 1 early 18th cent. (originally denoting fog or hoar frost): probably a back-formation from hazy. verb sense 2 late 17th cent. (originally Scots and dialect in the sense ‘frighten, scold, or beat’): perhaps related to obsolete French haser ‘tease or insult’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: haze

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