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Meaning of “haunt” in the English Dictionary

"haunt" in British English

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hauntverb [T]

uk   /hɔːnt/  us   /hɑːnt/
  • haunt verb [T] (REPEATEDLY TROUBLE)

B2 to ​causerepeatedsuffering or anxiety: Fighting in Vietnam was an ​experience that would haunt him for the ​rest of his ​life. 30 ​years after the ​fire he is still haunted by ​images of ​death and ​destruction.

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  • haunt verb [T] (SPIRIT)

B2 (of a ghost) to ​appear in a ​placerepeatedly: A ​ghostlylady is said to haunt the ​stairwaylooking for her ​children.

hauntnoun [C]

uk   /hɔːnt/  us   /hɑːnt/
a ​place often ​visited: This ​bar used to be one of ​your old haunts, didn't it, Jake?
(Definition of haunt from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"haunt" in American English

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hauntverb [T]

 us   /hɔnt, hɑnt/
  • haunt verb [T] (APPEAR)

to often ​appearsomewhere, or to ​appear to someone in the ​form of a ​ghost (= ​spirit of a ​deadperson)
  • haunt verb [T] (WORRY)

to ​cause someone to ​worry or ​feelanxiety because of being ​thought about too often: His ​experiences in Vietnam still haunt him.

hauntnoun [C]

 us   /hɔnt, hɑnt/
  • haunt noun [C] (PLACE)

a ​place often ​visited: This ​restaurant was one of ​ourold haunts.
(Definition of haunt from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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