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Definition of lurk verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they lurk he / she / it lurks past simple lurked -ing form lurking
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  1. 1[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to wait somewhere secretly, especially because you are going to do something bad or illegal synonym skulk Why are you lurking around outside my house? A crocodile was lurking just below the surface.
  2. 2[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) when something unpleasant or dangerous lurks, it is present but not in an obvious way At night, danger lurks in these streets.
  3. 3[intransitive] (computing) to read a discussion in a chat room, etc. on the Internet, without taking part in it yourself