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 cause repeated suffering 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 place repeatedly:

A ghostly lady is said to haunt the stairway looking 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 appear somewhere, or to appear to someone in the form of a ghost (= spirit of a dead person)

haunt verb [ T ] (WORRY)

to cause someone to worry or feel anxiety 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 our old haunts.

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