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English definition of “lurk”

lurk

verb     /lɜːk/ US  /lɝːk/
[I usually + adv/prep] to wait or move in a secret way so that you cannot be seen , especially because you are about to attack someone or do something wrong : Someone was lurking in the shadows . Why are you lurking about in the corridor ?Hiding and disguising [I usually + adv/prep] (of an unpleasant feeling or quality ) to exist although it is not always noticeable : Danger lurks around every corner . It seems that old prejudices are still lurking beneath the surface .Existing and being [I] informal to enter a chat room and read other people's messages without taking part Internet terminology and abbreviations lurking     /ˈlɜː.kɪŋ/ US  /ˈlɝː-/ adjective I have some lurking doubts (= doubts which will not go completely away) about whether Simon is really capable of doing this job . She said she had a lurking suspicion (= she had a very slight feeling ) that he wasn't telling the truth .Hiding and disguising
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