Haunted the movie theaters.
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.
A riddle that haunted me all morning.
The melancholy that haunts the composer's music.
Memories haunted her.
Memories of former gaiety haunt the house.
A couple of ghosts haunt the old, burnt-down house.
Origin of haunt
- Middle English haunten to frequent from Old French hanter tkei- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English haunten (“to reside, inhabit, use, employ”), from Old French hanter (“to inhabit, frequent, resort to”), of Germanic origin, probably through Gothic *[script?] (haimatjan, “to lead home”), from Proto-Germanic *haimatjaną (“to house, bring home”), from Proto-Germanic *haimaz (“village, home”), from Proto-Indo-European *kōim- (“village”). Cognate with Old English hāmettan (“to provide housing to, bring home”), Old Norse heimta (“to bring home, fetch”) (Swedish hämta); related to Old English hām (“home, village”), Old French hantin (“a stay, a place frequented by”) from the same Germanic source. More at home.