\ ˈhərt How to pronounce hurt (audio) \
hurt; hurting

Definition of hurt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to inflict with physical pain : wound He hurt his back while moving some boxes. was seriously hurt in a car accident You're hurting my arm!
b : to do substantial or material harm to : damage the dry summer has hurt the land
2a : to cause emotional pain or anguish to : offend never meant to hurt you got her feelings hurt
b : to be detrimental to : hamper charges of graft hurt his chances of being elected

intransitive verb

1a : to suffer pain or grief He says his tooth hurts. has been hurting ever since learning of her friend's betrayal
b : to be in need usually used with for hurting for money
2 : to cause damage or distress hit where it hurts



Definition of hurt (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a cause of injury or damage : blow this tower of granite, weathering the hurts of so many ages— R. W. Emerson
2a : a bodily injury or wound
b : mental or emotional distress or anguish : suffering getting past the hurt of a bitter divorce
3 : wrong, harm subordinating cosmic to moral considerations, to the hurt of both— M. R. Cohen

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Other Words from hurt


hurt adjective
hurter noun

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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

Examples of hurt in a Sentence

Verb Be careful with that knife or you could hurt yourself. Ouch! You're hurting my arm! She was badly hurt in a car accident. My tooth still hurts me. When I woke up this morning I hurt all over. Their lack of interest in her work hurt her deeply. You're only hurting yourself by holding a grudge against them. It hurt me to see her go. The lack of rain has hurt the corn crop. If we lose this game it will seriously hurt our chances of making the play-offs. Noun Her sympathy eased the hurt he felt after his dog's death. They felt a great hurt after their bitter divorce. She tried to put past hurts behind her.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Moriarty said no firefighters were hurt while responding to the blaze, and all of the occupants of the buildings were able to escape on their own., "Lawrence fire chief says Easter night blaze caused more than $ 1 million in damage," 5 Apr. 2021 The police chief said the woman wasn’t seriously hurt, but was shaken up by the unprovoked attack. Steve Rubenstein, San Francisco Chronicle, "Los Gatos police chief decries 'a hate crime in our own town'," 3 Apr. 2021 The driver of the car, 18-year-old Faith Taylor of Battle Ground, was not hurt. The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Milwaukie motorcyclist killed in Clark County crash, deputies say," 3 Apr. 2021 The practice once caused a private security guard to fire at the activists, though no one was hurt. Charles J. Johnson,, "Robert Marx, rabbi who marched with MLK in Chicago and fought for social justice over decades, dies at 93," 3 Apr. 2021 While other states also stumbled, Pennsylvania was hurt by some unforced errors. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "The pandemic ingenuity of small businesses," 2 Apr. 2021 All 30 passengers were hurt, with 17 suffering serious injuries and nine minor injuries. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah tour bus that crashed and killed 4 had previous problem," 2 Apr. 2021 Hunt, 29, and Ortiz, 25, were also hurt in the shooting and were treated at MetroHealth. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Two men indicted in deadly shooting inside Cleveland’s My Friends Restaurant," 2 Apr. 2021 The semi driver, Randall Shively, 62, of Woodbury, was not seriously hurt, according to the patrol. Tim Harlow, Star Tribune, "Man dies in tractor crash near St. Peter, Minn.," 1 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun At least 20 hurt in Palm Sunday bombing at Indonesia cathedral; attackers believed to be part of militant group, police say. Editors, USA TODAY, "Here's the biggest news you missed this weekend," 28 Mar. 2021 And, as with sisterhood, feelings of hurt, resentment, and, arguably, jealousy would arise. Victoria Lamson, Marie Claire, "Friendship, Infertility & Moving Forward," 22 Mar. 2021 The teen, the only one hurt, was hospitalized in very serious condition, police said. Emily Shapiro, ABC News, "15-year-old boy shot at Arkansas school allegedly by fellow student: Police," 1 Mar. 2021 His face has a hurt, suspicious, possibly frustrated expression. Washington Post, "Alice Neel was the greatest American portraitist of the 20th century. Her work continues to astonish.," 25 Mar. 2021 That hurt came in March 2020, when the pandemic caused all conventions to cancel and all bars to close. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Homeless reflect on year at Convention Center as they prepare to move out," 22 Mar. 2021 Dear Hurt: Your hurt feelings are entirely justified. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "DNA discoveries make (and break) families," 22 Mar. 2021 Dear Hurt: Your hurt feelings are entirely justified. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: DNA matching drags families into new age of sometimes painful discovery," 22 Mar. 2021 Anger at how much real and justified hurt there is between the Asian and Black communities even though the system that hurts us is one and the same. Time, "Jeremy Lin: Despite Fear And Anger After The Atlanta Shootings, There Is Hope," 22 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of hurt


13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hurt

Verb and Noun

Middle English, probably from Anglo-French hurter to strike, prick, collide with, probably of Germanic origin; akin to Old Norse hrūtr male sheep

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The first known use of hurt was in the 13th century

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8 Apr 2021

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“Hurt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hurt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to cause pain or injury to (yourself, someone else, or a part of your body)
: to be a source or cause of pain
: to feel physical pain



English Language Learners Definition of hurt (Entry 2 of 2)

: mental or emotional pain


\ ˈhərt How to pronounce hurt (audio) \
hurt; hurting

Kids Definition of hurt

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : to feel or cause pain My feet hurt. These shoes hurt.
2 : to do harm to : damage The drought has hurt crops.
3 : to cause to be sad “I am sure none of my boys and girls in Room 13 would purposely … hurt anyone's feelings …”— Eleanor Estes, The Hundred Dresses
4 : to make poorer or more difficult The fumble hurt our team's chance of winning.



Kids Definition of hurt (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : an injury or wound to the body
2 : mental or emotional pain



Kids Definition of hurt (Entry 3 of 3)

: physically or emotionally injured a hurt toe hurt feelings

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