Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

haunt

 - definition
 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary entries. Click on the T button in an entry to review the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
verb [transitive] British English pronunciation: haunt /hɔːnt/ 
Word Forms
Close
present tense
I/you/we/theyhaunt
he/she/ithaunts
present participlehaunting
past tensehaunted
past participlehaunted

Related dictionary definitions

  1. 1
    if a place is haunted by the spirit of a dead person, some people believe that it appears there

    They say the prison is haunted by the ghosts of the men who died there.

  2. 2
    to make someone feel worried and upset for a long time

    Images from the war still haunt him.

    Caroline was haunted by a fear of cancer.

  3. 3
    to continue to cause problems for a person or organization for a long time
    come back/return to haunt someone:

    The committee may find their past errors returning to haunt them.

food rave

a very large party where people eat, sell or share many different types of food, usually held outside or in a large public building

BuzzWord Article

Word of the Day

grungy

dirty and sometimes untidy or smelling bad

Open Dictionary

dead white (European) male

a man … whose achievements may have been overestimated because he belonged to the gender and ethnic group … that was dominant at the time

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog