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haunt


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Haunt  \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. 
  --Shak. 
 
  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. 
  --Ascham. 
 
  4.  To  accustom;  to  habituate.  [Obs.] 
 
  Haunt  thyself  to  pity.  --Wyclif. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Haunt  \Haunt\,  v.  i. 
  To  persist  in  staying  or  visiting. 
 
  I've  charged  thee  not  to  haunt  about  my  doors.  --Shak. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Haunt  \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. 
  --Arbuthnot. 
 
  3.  Practice;  skill.  [Obs.] 
 
  Of  clothmaking  she  hadde  such  an  haunt.  --Chaucer. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  haunt 
  n  :  a  frequently  visited  place  [syn:  {hangout},  {resort},  {repair}, 
  {stamping  ground}] 
  v  1:  recur  constantly  and  spontaneously  to  [syn:  {stalk}] 
  2:  haunt  like  a  ghost;  pursue;  "She  is  haunted  by  her  fear  of 
  illness"  [syn:  {obsess},  {ghost}] 




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