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hurt

verb \ ˈhərt \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of hurt

hurt; hurting
transitive verb
1 a :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
2 a :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
1 a :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

hurt

adjective

hurter

noun

Examples of hurt in a Sentence

  1. Be careful with that knife or you could hurt yourself.

  2. Ouch! You're hurting my arm!

  3. She was badly hurt in a car accident.

  4. My tooth still hurts me.

  5. When I woke up this morning I hurt all over.

  6. Their lack of interest in her work hurt her deeply.

  7. You're only hurting yourself by holding a grudge against them.

  8. It hurt me to see her go.

  9. The lack of rain has hurt the corn crop.

  10. If we lose this game it will seriously hurt our chances of making the play-offs.

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Origin and Etymology of hurt

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

Synonym Discussion of hurt

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

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hurt

noun

Definition of hurt

1 :a cause of injury or damage :blow
  • this tower of granite, weathering the hurts of so many ages
  • —R. W. Emerson
2 a :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

Examples of hurt in a Sentence

  1. Her sympathy eased the hurt he felt after his dog's death.

  2. They felt a great hurt after their bitter divorce.

  3. She tried to put past hurts behind her.

Recent Examples of hurt from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of hurt

see 1hurt


HURT Defined for English Language Learners

hurt

verb

Definition of hurt for English Language Learners

  • : 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


hurt

noun

Definition of hurt for English Language Learners

  • : mental or emotional pain


HURT Defined for Kids

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hurt

verb \ ˈhərt \

Definition of hurt for Students

hurt; hurting
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.

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hurt

noun

Definition of hurt for Students

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

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hurt

adjective

Definition of hurt for Students

:physically or emotionally injured
  • a hurt toe
  • hurt feelings


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