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

 

bully

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈbʊli//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʊli//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bully
BrE BrE//ˈbʊli//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʊli//
 
he / she / it bullies
BrE BrE//ˈbʊliz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʊliz//
 
past simple bullied
BrE BrE//ˈbʊlid//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʊlid//
 
past participle bullied
BrE BrE//ˈbʊlid//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʊlid//
 
-ing form bullying
BrE BrE//ˈbʊliɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʊliɪŋ//
 
School life
 
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(bullies, bullying, bullied, bullied) to frighten or hurt a weaker person; to use your strength or power to make somebody do something bully somebody My son is being bullied at school. bully somebody into something/into doing something I won't be bullied into signing anything. See related entries: School life Word Origin mid 16th cent.: probably from Middle Dutch boele ‘lover’. Original use was as a term of endearment applied to either sex; it later became a familiar form of address to a male friend. The current sense dates from the late 17th cent.Extra examples Don’t be bullied by people who shout at you. He was bullied rather than persuaded into going with them. I could hear the doctor bullying his patients in a good-natured way. I suppose I got bullied into it by my family. I won’t be bullied into signing anything. Sometimes the older girls bullied us and made us give them our sweets.
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