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

     

    harass

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈhærəs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhærəs//
     
    ; BrE BrE//həˈræs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//həˈræs//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they harass
    BrE BrE//ˈhærəs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhærəs//
     
    ; BrE BrE//həˈræs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//həˈræs//
     
    he / she / it harasses
    BrE BrE//ˈhærəsɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhærəsɪz//
     
    ; BrE BrE//həˈræsɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//həˈræsɪz//
     
    past simple harassed
    BrE BrE//ˈhærəst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhærəst//
     
    ; BrE BrE//həˈræst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//həˈræst//
     
    past participle harassed
    BrE BrE//ˈhærəst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhærəst//
     
    ; BrE BrE//həˈræst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//həˈræst//
     
    -ing form harassing
    BrE BrE//ˈhærəsɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhærəsɪŋ//
     
    ; BrE BrE//həˈræsɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//həˈræsɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[often passive] harass somebody to annoy or worry somebody 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.
  3. Word Origin early 17th cent.: from French harasser, from harer ‘set a dog on’, from Germanic hare, a cry urging a dog to attack.Extra examples He told her that if she continued to harass him, he would call the police. Opposition supporters were frequently harassed. Protesters have been blocking access to the clinic and physically harassing staff. The man harassed a neighbour with racist abuse. There were claims that he sexually harassed female employees.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: harass