What does the word harass mean?

Usage examples for harass

  1. Clever at self- torture, he continued to harass his soul, always on the same line. – En Route by J.-K. (Joris-Karl) Huysmans
  2. I know not why the rush of waters is so delightful to the ear; all other monotonous sounds are wearying, and harass the spirits, but I never met any one who did not love to listen to a waterfall. – Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope
  3. The check, however, was so effective that the duke made no further attempt to harass the retreat of the Highlanders. – Bonnie Prince Charlie A Tale of Fontenoy and Culloden by G. A. Henty