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

     

    molest

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//məˈlest//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//məˈlest//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they molest
    BrE BrE//məˈlest//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//məˈlest//
     
    he / she / it molests
    BrE BrE//məˈlests//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//məˈlests//
     
    past simple molested
    BrE BrE//məˈlestɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//məˈlestɪd//
     
    past participle molested
    BrE BrE//məˈlestɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//məˈlestɪd//
     
    -ing form molesting
    BrE BrE//məˈlestɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//məˈlestɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1molest somebody to attack somebody, especially a child, sexually synonym abuse
  2. 2molest somebody (old-fashioned) to attack somebody physically The couple were molested while walking through the park.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘cause trouble to, vex’): from Old French molester or Latin molestare ‘annoy’, from molestus ‘troublesome’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: molest