harass

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈhærəs/, /həˈræs/

US:USA pronuncation: IPAUSA pronuncation: IPA/həˈræs, ˈhærəs/

US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(hə ras, har′əs)




WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
ha•rass /həˈræs, ˈhærəs/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object],
  1. to annoy continuously;
    pester;
    persecute:harassed the candidate about his war record.
  2. to trouble by repeated attacks:to harass enemy supply lines.
ha•rass•er, n. [countable]
ha•rass•ment, n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
ha•rass  (hə ras, har′əs),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to disturb persistently; torment, as with troubles or cares;
    bother continually;
    pester;
    persecute.
  2. to trouble by repeated attacks, incursions, etc., as in war or hostilities;
    harry;
    raid.
ha•rass a•ble, adj. 
ha•rass′er, n. 
ha•rass ing•ly, adv. 
ha•rass ment, n. 
  • Latin -ācea
  • Frankish *hara here, from this side; compare Old High German hera, Middle Dutch hare) + -asse augmentative or pejorative suffix
  • French, Middle French harasser to harry, harass, verb, verbal der. of harace, harache (in phrase courre a la harace pursue) = hare cry used to urge dogs on (
  • 1610–20
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged badger, vex, plague, hector torture. See  worry. 
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged molest.
    harass, a 17th-century French borrowing, has traditionally been pronounced (hə ras, har′əs),USA pronunciation with stress on the first syllable. A newer pronunciation, (hə ras, har′əs),USA pronunciation has developed in North American (but not British) English. While this newer pronunciation is sometimes criticized by older educated speakers, it has become the more common one in the U.S., especially among younger educated speakers, some of whom have only minimal familiarity with the older form.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
harass /ˈhærəs; həˈræs/ vb
  1. (transitive) to trouble, torment, or confuse by continual persistent attacks, questions, etc
Etymology: 17th Century: from French harasser, variant of Old French harer to set a dog on, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German harēn to cry out

ˈharassed adj ˈharassment n
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