- To haunt is defined as to appear as a ghost, or to visit or appear often.
- An example of to haunt is seeing visions of a relative who has passed every time you're in their bedroom.
- An example of to haunt is going to the same cafe for lunch every day.
- An example of to haunt is stalking someone.
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- to visit (a place) often or continually; frequent
- to seek the company or companionship of; run after
- to appear or recur repeatedly to, often to the point of obsession: memories haunted her
- to be associated with; fill the atmosphere of; pervade: memories of former gaiety haunt the house
Origin: Middle English haunten from Old French hanter, to frequent from Germanic an unverified form haimetan (akin to Old English hamettan, to domicile) from an unverified form haim, home
- a place often visited: to make the library one's haunt
- a lair or feeding place of animals
- Dialectal a ghost
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verb haunt·ed, haunt·ing, haunts verb, transitive
- To inhabit, visit, or appear to in the form of a ghost or other supernatural being.
- To visit often; frequent: haunted the movie theaters.
- To come to the mind of continually; obsess: a riddle that haunted me all morning.
- To be continually present in; pervade: the melancholy that haunts the composer's music.
- A place much frequented.
- also hant or ha'nt or haint Chiefly Southern U.S. A ghost or other supernatural being.
Origin: Middle English haunten, to frequent, from Old French hanter; see tkei- in Indo-European roots.
- hauntˈer noun