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harm

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noun \ˈhärm\

Simple Definition of harm

  • : physical or mental damage or injury : something that causes someone or something to be hurt, broken, made less valuable or successful, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of harm

  1. 1 :  physical or mental damage :  injury

  2. 2 :  mischief, hurt

Examples of harm in a sentence

  1. They threatened him with bodily harm.

  2. The scandal has done irreparable harm to his reputation.

  3. She'll do anything to protect her children from harm.

  4. They have suffered serious physical harm.

  5. These new regulations could cause lasting harm to small businesses.



Origin and Etymology of harm

Middle English, from Old English hearm; akin to Old High German harm injury, Old Church Slavic sramŭ shame


First Known Use: before 12th century


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harm

verb

Simple Definition of harm

  • : to cause hurt, injury, or damage to (someone or something) : to cause harm to (someone or something)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of harm

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to cause harm to

harmer

noun

Examples of harm in a sentence

  1. He would never intentionally harm his children.

  2. chemicals that could harm the environment

  3. The scandal has seriously harmed his reputation.



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of harm

before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of harm

injure, harm, hurt, damage, impair, mar mean to affect injuriously. injure implies the inflicting of anything detrimental to one's looks, comfort, health, or success <badly injured in an accident>. harm often stresses the inflicting of pain, suffering, or loss <careful not to harm the animals>. hurt implies inflicting a wound to the body or to the feelings <hurt by their callous remarks>. damage suggests injury that lowers value or impairs usefulness <a table damaged in shipping>. impair suggests a making less complete or efficient by deterioration or diminution <years of smoking had impaired his health>. mar applies to injury that spoils perfection (as of a surface) or causes disfigurement <the text is marred by many typos>.


HARM Defined for Kids

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harm

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noun \ˈhärm\

Definition of harm for Students

  1. :  physical or mental damage :  injury <The storm did little harm to the sheltered beach.>




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harm

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verb

Definition of harm for Students

harmed

harming

  1. :  to cause hurt, injury, or damage to <Too much sun can harm your skin.>




Law Dictionary

harm

noun

Legal Definition of harm

  1. :  loss of or damage to a person's right, property, or physical or mental well-being :  injury

harm

transitive verb




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