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verb [transitive] haunt pronunciation in British English /hɔːnt/ 
Word Forms
present tense
present participlehaunting
past tensehaunted
past participlehaunted

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  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.


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