ha·rass /həˈræs, ˈhærəs/
Har·ass v. t. [imp. & p. p. Harassed p. pr. & vb. n. Harassing.] To fatigue; to tire with repeated and exhausting efforts; esp., to weary by importunity, teasing, or fretting; to cause to endure excessive burdens or anxieties; -- sometimes followed by out.
[Troops] harassed with a long and wearisome march. --Bacon.
Nature oppressed and harass'd out with care. --Addison.
Vext with lawyers and harass'd with debt. --Tennyson.
Syn: -- To weary; jade; tire; perplex; distress; tease; worry; disquiet; chafe; gall; annoy; irritate; plague; vex; molest; trouble; disturb; torment.
1. Devastation; waste. [Obs.]
2. Worry; harassment. [R.]
v 1: annoy continually or chronically; "He is known to harry his
staff when he is overworked"; "This man harasses his
female co-workers" [syn: hassle, harry, chivy, chivvy,
chevy, chevvy, beset, plague, molest, provoke]
2: exhaust by attacking repeatedly; "harass the enemy"