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Meaning of HAUNT

Pronunciation:  hont

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a frequently visited place
  2. [v]  haunt like a ghost; pursue; "Fear of illness haunts her"
  3. [v]  recur constantly and spontaneously to

HAUNT is a 5 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: ghost, hangout, obsess, repair, resort, stalk, stamping ground
 See Also: area, country, follow, gathering place, preoccupy, pursue



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Haunt\ (?; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Haunted}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Haunting}.] [F. hanter; of uncertain origin, perh.
    from an assumed LL. ambitare to go about, fr. L. ambire (see
    {Ambition}); or cf. Icel. heimta to demand, regain, akin to
    heim home (see {Home}). [root]36.]
    1. To frequent; to resort to frequently; to visit
       pertinaciously or intrusively; to intrude upon.
             You wrong me, sir, thus still to haunt my house.
             Those cares that haunt the court and town. --Swift.
    2. To inhabit or frequent as a specter; to visit as a ghost
       or apparition.
             Foul spirits haunt my resting place.  --Fairfax.
    3. To practice; to devote one's self to. [Obs.]
             That other merchandise that men haunt with fraud . .
             . is cursed.                          --Chaucer.
             Leave honest pleasure, and haunt no good pastime.
    4. To accustom; to habituate. [Obs.]
             Haunt thyself to pity.                --Wyclif.
  2. \Haunt\, v. i.
    To persist in staying or visiting.
          I've charged thee not to haunt about my doors. --Shak.
  3. \Haunt\, n.
    1. A place to which one frequently resorts; as, drinking
       saloons are the haunts of tipplers; a den is the haunt of
       wild beasts.
    Note: In Old English the place occupied by any one as a
          dwelling or in his business was called a haunt.
    Note: Often used figuratively.
                The household nook, The haunt of all affections
                pure.                              --Keble.
                The feeble soul, a haunt of fears. --Tennyson.
    2. The habit of resorting to a place. [Obs.]
             The haunt you have got about the courts.
    3. Practice; skill. [Obs.]
             Of clothmaking she hadde such an haunt. --Chaucer.
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