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Haunt, vb. 1) tr. a) to frequent, to resort to much and often: “our court is --ed with a refined traveller of Spain,” LLL I, 1, 163. “the temple --ing martlet,” Mcb. I, 6, 4. Mostly in a bad sense: “thus still to h. my house,” Wiv. III, 4, 73. Meas. I, 3, 9. As III, 2, 377. Wint. IV, 3, 109. Used of spirits and spectres appearing in places or to persons: “this --ed grove,” Mids. III, 2, 5. Cymb. IV, 2, 217. V, 4, 133. “we are --ed,” Mids. III, 1, 108. “--ed by the ghosts they have deposed,” R2 III, 2, 158. Mcb. V, 7, 16. Lr. III, 6, 31. Oth. IV, 1, 153.
b) to follow importunately, to stick to; either as an obtrusive friend: “one that claims me, one that --s me,” Err. III, 2, 82. “do not h. me thus,” Mids. II, 2, 85. “a devil --s thee in the likeness of an old fat man,” H4A II, 4, 492. “she --s me in every place,” Oth. IV, 1, 136. Oth. IV, 1, 136 Or as an enemy: “I do h. thee in the battle thus,” H4A V, 3, 4. “that bloody strain that --ed us in our familiar paths,” H5 II, 4, 52. “how Diomed did h. you in the field,” Troil. IV, 1, 10. V, 10, 28. Or as a vexatious thought or quality: “the least of which --ing a noble man loseth men's hearts,” H4A III, 1, 186. “suspicion always --s the guilty mind,” H6C V, 6, 11. “your beauty which did h. me in my sleep,” R3 I, 2, 122. “let sorrow h. thy bed,” IV, 1, 74.
2) intr. to be much about, to resort: “following where he --ed,” Compl. 130. “where they most breed and h.” Mcb. I, 6, 9. “to h. about my doors,” Oth. I, 1, 96.
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