haunt /ˈhɔnt, ˈhɑnt/
Haunt v. t. [imp. & p. p. Haunted; p. pr. & vb. n. Haunting.]
1. To frequent; to resort to frequently; to visit pertinaciously or intrusively; to intrude upon.
You wrong me, sir, thus still to haunt my house. --Shak.
Those cares that haunt the court and town. --Swift.
2. To inhabit or frequent as a specter; to visit as a ghost or apparition; -- said of spirits or ghosts, especially of dead people; as, the murdered man haunts the house where he died.
Foul spirits haunt my resting place. --Fairfax.
3. To practice; to devote one's self to. [Obs.]
That other merchandise that men haunt with fraud . . . is cursed. --Chaucer.
Leave honest pleasure, and haunt no good pastime. --Ascham.
4. To accustom; to habituate. [Obs.]
Haunt thyself to pity. --Wyclif.
Haunt, v. i. To persist in staying or visiting.
I've charged thee not to haunt about my doors. --Shak.
1. A place to which one frequently resorts; as, drinking saloons are the haunts of tipplers; a den is the haunt of wild beasts.
Note: ☞ In Old English the place occupied by any one as a dwelling or in his business was called a haunt.
Note: Often used figuratively.
The household nook,
The haunt of all affections pure. --Keble.
The feeble soul, a haunt of fears. --Tennyson.
2. The habit of resorting to a place. [Obs.]
The haunt you have got about the courts. --Arbuthnot.
3. Practice; skill. [Obs.]
Of clothmaking she hadde such an haunt. --Chaucer.
n : a frequently visited place [syn: hangout, resort, repair,
v 1: follow stealthily or recur constantly and spontaneously to;
"her ex-boyfriend stalked her"; "the ghost of her mother
haunted her" [syn: stalk]
2: haunt like a ghost; pursue; "Fear of illness haunts her"
[syn: obsess, ghost]
3: be a regular or frequent visitor to a certain place; "She
haunts the ballet" [syn: frequent]