• (America) enPR hərăsʹ, IPA: /həˈɹæs/, /ˈhæɹəs/
  • (RP) enPR hăʹrəs, IPA: /ˈhæɹəs/, /həˈɹæs/

harass (harasses, present participle harassing; past and past participle harassed)

  1. To fatigue or to tire with repeated and exhausting efforts.
  2. To annoy endlessly or systematically; to molest.
    • 1877, Anna Sewell, Black Beauty Chapter 23
      In my old home, I always knew that John and my master were my friends; but here, although in many ways I was well treated, I had no friend. York might have known, and very likely did know, how that rein harassed me; but I suppose he took it as a matter of course that could not be helped; at any rate nothing was done to relieve me.
  3. To put excessive burdens upon; to subject to anxieties.
    To harass good people is no different than speaking ill of them.
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  1. (obsolete) devastation; waste
  2. (obsolete) worry; harassment

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