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

     

    plague

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//pleɪɡ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pleɪɡ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they plague
    BrE BrE//pleɪɡ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pleɪɡ//
     
    he / she / it plagues
    BrE BrE//pleɪɡz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pleɪɡz//
     
    past simple plagued
    BrE BrE//pleɪɡd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pleɪɡd//
     
    past participle plagued
    BrE BrE//pleɪɡd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pleɪɡd//
     
    -ing form plaguing
    BrE BrE//ˈpleɪɡɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpleɪɡɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1plague somebody/something (with something) to cause pain or trouble to somebody/something over a period of time synonym trouble to be plagued by doubt Financial problems are plaguing the company. The team has been plagued by injury this season. Economic problems continued to plague the country. He has been plagued with leg injuries this season.
  2. 2plague somebody (with something) to annoy somebody or create problems, especially by asking for something, demanding attention, etc. synonym hound Rock stars have to get used to being plagued by autograph hunters.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: Latin plaga ‘stroke, wound’, probably from Greek (Doric dialect) plaga, from a base meaning ‘strike’.
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