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molest

verb [T] uk   us   /məˈlest/

molest verb [T] (ATTACK SEXUALLY)

to touch or attack someone in a sexual way against their wishes: The girl had been molested frequently by her stepfather from the age of eight. The man had previously been arrested several times for molesting young boys.

molest verb [T] (ATTACK)

formal to touch, push, etc. someone violently: United Nations premises were looted and personnel were molested by demonstrators.
molestation
noun [U] uk   /ˌmɒl.esˈteɪ.ʃən/  us   /ˌmɑː.les-/
sexual molestation
molester
noun [C] uk   /məˈles.tər/  us   /-tɚ/
a child molester
Translations of “molest”
in Vietnamese quấy rối…
in Spanish fastidiar, molestar…
in Thai รบกวน…
in Malaysian mengganggu…
in French importuner…
in German belästigen…
in Chinese (Traditional) 性攻擊, 調戲, 猥褻…
in Indonesian mengganggu…
in Russian растлевать, насиловать…
in Turkish sarkıntılık etmek, taciz etmek…
in Chinese (Simplified) 性攻击, 调戏, 猥亵…
in Polish molestować…
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