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24 / 10 / 2007

MOLEST vs. BOTHER: meaning and examples

Good morning.

Today's word is: Molest (verb)

Meaning: to attack someone, especially a child, sexually.

Example 1:
Mary lost custody of her daughter, Janet, since the police found proof that she had been molested by Mary's boyfriend.

Notice that this word is NOT the translation of the Spanish word molestar. We translate molestar as bother. (For more information about the verb to bother, see the Daily Vitamin from September 30th, 2004.)

Example 2:
Can you please stop bothering me! I have a test early tomorrow morning and I'm trying to study.

Example 3:
Mark: Would you like me to cook dinner?
Susy: Don't bother. We can go out for dinner.

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Have a nice day.