hurt

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verb

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

hurt

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noun

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
Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Trailing, 18-13, midway through the first half, UWM was hurt by careless turnovers and cold shooting from deep. Journal Sentinel, 29 Nov. 2022 Opponents, which include Nashville, Shelby County and a handful of families, maintained that schools and students would be hurt by the voucher program because school districts lose money for every student that participates in the voucher program. Leah Willingham, al, 26 Nov. 2022 From 2019, however, growth at Gucci slowed substantially, hurt in part by controversy over a sweater that critics likened to blackface. Nick Kostov, WSJ, 23 Nov. 2022 Zellweger for the season is -4; his numbers are probably hurt by the goaltending struggles. Dylan Bumbarger, oregonlive, 18 Nov. 2022 Responding to a question about how the focus on high-crime zones was impacting response times, Moore argued that police response times have not been hurt by the narrow focus. Michael Lee, Fox News, 16 Nov. 2022 Dulles’s passenger traffic is still recovering, partly hurt by a decline in international travel. Luz Lazo, Washington Post, 16 Nov. 2022 Air quality in New Delhi — which is hurt year-round by vehicle and factory emissions — deteriorates every fall as farmers in nearby states burn crop stubble to prepare fields for the next planting season, then worsens after Diwali. Gafira Qadir, NBC News, 14 Nov. 2022 In 2014, the Toronto Star published an article in which three women gave accounts of having been choked, hit, or otherwise physically hurt by Ghomeshi—allegations at odds with his progressive reputation. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 14 Nov. 2022
Noun
My Pain Interests You, a cool, cutthroat razor of a novel by the author and memoirist Stephanie LaCava that is also, at least partly, a satire about the hurt inflicted by the culture industry. Philippa Snow, The New Republic, 2 Dec. 2022 Taylor checked back in to start the second half and had a good game overall, with 85 yards on 17 touches, but that missing stretch hurt. Nate Atkins, The Indianapolis Star, 23 Oct. 2022 At times, the lack of team size and length hurt, and Nurkic’s inactivity as a rim protector was apparent. oregonlive, 12 Oct. 2022 The tiny flickers of hurt, anger or betrayal that play across her face, alert to every nuance of her partner’s behavior, point painfully to a relationship in which the balance of trust is unequal. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 Sep. 2022 Rock said that the hit from Smith hurt, referencing how Smith had played the boxer Muhammad Ali in a movie. Richard Ruelas, The Arizona Republic, 29 Aug. 2022 My legs and back hurt terribly, but an order came not to evacuate anyone due to illness. Mary Ilyushina, Washington Post, 21 Aug. 2022 My legs and back hurt terribly, but an order came not to evacuate anyone due to illness. Mary Ilyushina, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Aug. 2022 That there would be a place with no more suffering, hurt, fear, and darkness. Hunter Kelly, Rolling Stone, 2 May 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Verb

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

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Hurt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hurt. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

hurt 1 of 2

verb

hurt; hurting
1
a
: to cause physical pain to
b
: to do harm to : damage
2
a
: to cause mental suffering to : offend
the teasing hurts me
b
: hamper entry 1
injuries hurt our chances of winning
3
: to feel or cause pain
my tooth hurts
hurter noun

hurt

2 of 2

noun

1
: a cause of injury or damage
2
: a physical injury or wound
3
a
: physical pain
b
: mental distress : suffering
4

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