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

     

    torment

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//tɔːˈment//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tɔːrˈment//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they torment
    BrE BrE//tɔːˈment//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tɔːrˈment//
     
    he / she / it torments
    BrE BrE//tɔːˈments//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tɔːrˈments//
     
    past simple tormented
    BrE BrE//tɔːˈmentɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tɔːrˈmentɪd//
     
    past participle tormented
    BrE BrE//tɔːˈmentɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tɔːrˈmentɪd//
     
    -ing form tormenting
    BrE BrE//tɔːˈmentɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tɔːrˈmentɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1torment somebody (formal) to make somebody suffer very much synonym plague He was tormented by feelings of insecurity.
  2. 2torment somebody/something to annoy a person or an animal in a cruel way because you think it is amusing
  3. synonym torture
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