\ 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 Larnach missed the plate, Stassi dropped the ball and both appeared momentarily hurt. Chris Hine, Star Tribune, 22 July 2021 Them Breathe group argued that masks hurt children’s social, mental and physical health. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 July 2021 The child escaped serious injury but further highlighted the danger with residential elevators at large that had resulted in at least eight children dying and two seriously hurt since 1981, the Washington Post reported in July 2019. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 22 July 2021 Of course, in college football – and in life – money talks and hurt feelings walk. Matt Young, Chron, 22 July 2021 Some companies will delay their return to the office, as Apple just did, and that will hurt downtown restaurants and the like that depend on office workers’ business. Justin Lahart, WSJ, 22 July 2021 The approval came over the objections of a city watchdog that has warned the proposal could hurt housing production and jeopardize existing affordable housing programs in the city., 22 July 2021 Satterfield said that safety Josh Minkins, who got hurt in January and missed around four or five months, is back working out with the team. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, 22 July 2021 But corporate groups say higher taxes would hurt U.S. economy. Washington Post, 21 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun What amplifies it for Booker is how deep that hurt goes. Katherine Fitzgerald, The Arizona Republic, 22 July 2021 Of course, down that road may lie the potential for a great relationship, but also potential for great hurt. Tom Rasmussen, Vogue, 16 July 2021 This is the moment Mobius chooses to interrogate him and their conversation is filled with hurt on both sides, showing that before the betrayal their burgeoning friendship was real. Lauren Morgan,, 30 June 2021 If the program falters, the Air Force will be in a world of hurt for a long time to come—as will U.S. defense strategy. Loren Thompson, Forbes, 11 May 2021 The crash threw Valenzuela from the motorcycle, which continued on riderless and slammed into a utility pole while both Valenzuela and Greene were left laying in the street hurt, records show. Zach Murdock,, 29 June 2021 Taking place in a bar, the clip finds Joy singing about a past love who did her wrong, though the country crooner is paying no mind to the hurt her former flame caused. Nicholas Rice,, 3 June 2021 If Stein—who in 2019 became the first state attorney general in the U.S. to sue Juul—is successful, the vaping company may be in for a world of hurt. Jamie Ducharme, Time, 17 May 2021 Even with the new loans, grants and other help, the riots and lack of insurance hurt. Dee Depass, Star Tribune, 30 May 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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25 Jul 2021

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“Hurt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 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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