\ 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 But the aftermath of that phenomenal season hurt him. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 Sep. 2021 Kansas City wasted no time addressing what hurt them in the Super Bowl vs. Tampa Bay. Tim Bielik, cleveland, 5 Sep. 2021 Meanwhile, Cooper answered with two great scoring opportunities, but the Jaguars hurt themselves with penalties and dropped passes. James Weber, The Enquirer, 4 Sep. 2021 Be willing to offer an apology or forgive those who may have hurt you. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 4 Sep. 2021 In some instances, students wrote letters detailing plans to hurt themselves and saying goodbye to their families. Dallas News, 2 Sep. 2021 About two years ago, right before our wedding, Theresa started to call me all sorts of horrible things, called my husband even worse things, disowned him, and tried to physically hurt me at the end of the night. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 1 Sep. 2021 Supermarket tomatoes have already been refrigerated in their journey to you, so a little more chill-out time won’t hurt them. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, 1 Sep. 2021 About two years ago, right before our wedding, Theresa started to call me all sorts of horrible things, called my husband even worse things, disowned him, and tried to physically hurt me at the end of the night. Amy Dickinson,, 1 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Three people were killed and one hurt in a shooting in a west Phoenix parking lot early Friday. Salma Reyes, The Arizona Republic, 21 Aug. 2021 The words were emotional, filled with hurt, anger and empowerment. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 5 Aug. 2021 What's the hurt in, in humoring him for a little bit longer? NBC News, 8 Aug. 2021 Indigenous people are masters at taking the hurt and pain that was dealt to us, laughing in the face of it, and weaving it into ridiculous comedy gold. Devery Jacobs,, 21 June 2021 There is currently so much hurt and pain within our world. Cindy Carcamo Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 5 June 2021 This hearing was to address the hurt and pain of our community. Adia Robinson, ABC News, 18 Mar. 2021 Who, but also the will and the coordination to fight back not just for one half, but for a whole game, for two games — their hurt will run far past Mike Conley’s hammy. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 June 2021 Each bucket is its own chapter, containing tales from people who’ve gone through related challenges or traumas and figured out a way to put their hurt, anger, confusion or longing into words. Washington Post, 10 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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“Hurt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 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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