Meaning of “harassment” in the English Dictionary

"harassment" in British English

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harassmentnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈhær.əs.mənt/ /həˈræs.mənt/ us /həˈræs.mənt/ /ˈher.əs.mənt/

(Definition of “harassment” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"harassment" in American English

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harassmentnoun [ U ]

us /həˈræs·mənt, ˈhær·əs·mənt/

behavior that annoys or troubles someone:

Complaints of sexual harassment (= offensive sexual suggestions or actions) in the workplace have increased in recent years.

(Definition of “harassment” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"harassment" in Business English

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harassmentnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈhærəsmənt/ us

LAW illegal behaviour towards a person that causes mental or emotional suffering, which includes repeated unwanted contacts without a reasonable purpose, insults, threats, touching, or offensive language:

The company investigated claims of workplace harassment and racial discrimination.
Victims of harassment are able to take action in the courts to obtain damages.
to be subject/subjected to harassment

behaviour towards someone that is threatening or that annoys or upsets them:

As many as 1 in 3 teens who use the Internet had experienced some form of harassment online.

(Definition of “harassment” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)