Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To disturb, interfere with, or annoy.
  • transitive v. To subject to unwanted or improper sexual activity.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To physically abuse, (occasionally also means sexually especially regarding a minor )
  • v. To annoy intentionally
  • v. To disturb or tamper with.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To trouble; to disturb; to render uneasy; to interfere with; to vex.
  • n. Molestation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To trouble; disturb; harass; vex; meddle with injuriously.
  • Synonyms Annoy, Plague, etc. (see tease), incommode, discommode, inconvenience.
  • n. Trouble.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. harass or assault sexually; make indecent advances to
  • v. annoy continually or chronically

Etymologies

Middle English molesten, from Old French molester, from Latin molestāre, from molestus, troublesome.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English molesten, from Old French molester, from Latin molestare ("to trouble, annoy, molest"), from molestus ("troublesome"), from moles ("a burden, difficulty, labor, trouble"); see mole. (Wiktionary)

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