plague - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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present tense
present participleplaguing
past tenseplagued
past participleplagued
  1. 1
    [usually passive] to cause a lot of problems for someone or something for a long period of time

    The east coast has been plagued by blizzards for most of this month.

  2. 2
    to annoy someone all the time by doing something or by asking for something

    telephone sales people who plague our lives