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1harm

noun \ˈhärm\

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

Full Definition of HARM

1
:  physical or mental damage :  injury
2
:  mischief, hurt
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Examples of HARM

  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 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

Rhymes with HARM

2harm

verb

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

Full Definition of HARM

transitive verb
:  to cause harm to
harm·er noun

Examples of HARM

  1. He would never intentionally harm his children.
  2. chemicals that could harm the environment
  3. The scandal has seriously harmed his reputation.

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>.
HARMERS Defined for Kids

1harm

noun \ˈhärm\

Definition of HARM for Kids

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

Synonym Discussion of HARM

harm, injury, and damage mean an act that causes loss or pain. harm can be used of anything that causes suffering or loss. <The frost did great harm to the crops.> injury is likely to be used of something that has as a result the loss of health or success. <She suffered an injury to the eyes.> damage stresses the idea of loss (as of value or fitness). <The fire caused much damage to the furniture.>

2harm

verb
harmedharm·ing

Definition of HARM for Kids

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

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