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Definition of harass verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//ˈhærəs//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they harass
    he / she / it harasses
    past simple harassed
    -ing form harassing
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  1. 1[often passive] harass somebody to annoy or worry someone by putting pressure on them or saying or doing unpleasant things to them He has complained of being harassed by the police. She claims she has been sexually harassed at work.
  2. 2harass somebody/something to make repeated attacks on an enemy synonym harry Our convoys are being continually harassed by enemy submarines. Greenpeace has been harassing whaling operations at sea.
noun [uncountable] racial/sexual harassment
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