hurt

verb
\ ˈhərt \
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

hurt

noun

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

Verb

hurt adjective
hurter noun

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Verb

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

Burton said Greenlee, a former National Honor Society student, had been a babysitter in the past to the child who was injured, and would never purposefully hurt him. Jim Newton, Lake County News-Sun, "Woman accused of hitting toddler with car pleads not guilty in Lake County court," 13 July 2018 The rollback is going to harm us economically and hurt us physically. Rob Jackson, Scientific American, "Relaxing Vehicle-Efficiency Standards Is a Truly Dangerous Idea," 12 July 2018 Yet one more example of how trade wars can lead to serious unintended consequences, hurting those who started them, and benefiting those meant to be punished. Hoyt Hilsman, WSJ, "Tariffs Made America Great," 10 July 2018 Those potentially hurt most K.J. Lawson, David McCormack, Marcus Garrett, Sam Cunliffe, Silvio De Sousa K.J. Lawson ending up on the top of this list is no surprise. Jesse Newell, kansascity, "Whose playing time does Lagerald Vick impact most? Here's what one projection says," 10 July 2018 Ostapenko won fully half of her return points and, befitting a player not hurting for self-confidence, rose when the occasion called for it. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Five Thoughts From Four Women's Quarterfinals at Wimbledon," 10 July 2018 Foreign leaders from Brussels to New Delhi shared compassion and support for those hurt, while condemning the killers. David Lammy, Time, "I'm a British Lawmaker. Here's Why I’m Protesting Trump’s Visit to the U.K.," 10 July 2018 Those hurt most are drivers on lower incomes, who are more likely to vote Republican in the mid-term elections. The Economist, "The American president is stirring up trouble in a volatile oil market," 4 July 2018 Businesses hurting With the traffic situation so bad, businesses are limping along, already. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Perfect storm seems to be brewing around Highway 100 road project in Hales Corners," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Their hurt is just as real, but their lives are much richer than that of Preaker or Cohle, who only have their past and the pursuit of justice. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "Sharp Objects Is the Feminist True Detective We've Been Waiting For," 8 July 2018 Things died down soon enough, and so did my anger and my hurt. Erin Browne, The Cut, "Befriending the Woman Who Catfished Me," 5 July 2018 And yet, my hurt and sadness seems insignificant to that of what their wives and families must be feeling. Char Adams, PEOPLE.com, "Best Friends Fall to Their Deaths While Rock Climbing in Yosemite National Park," 4 June 2018 But one consequence of making it after being so close to quitting is that his hurt is still fresh. Jack Dickey, SI.com, "Tommy Pham Waited Forever to Make It. Now, He's Got Plenty to Say About His Journey.," 2 Apr. 2018 In admiration for his resilient offer to play hurt, Vanderbilt's teammates said they were affected by both his absence and attitude. Fletcher Page, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky basketball could be 'playing each game for' Jarred Vanderbilt and not with him," 9 Mar. 2018 There are other ways of getting hurt, but dying in a mass shooting was not in the cards — even in an authoritarian country. Rebecca Tan, Washington Post, "Foreign correspondents often face danger — but few ever worry about dying in a mass shooting," 29 June 2018 Smith, 26, went 5-6 with a 4.19 ERA in 77 1/3 innings (16 starts) and won three of his past four decisions with the Marlins going 6-1 over his seven starts before getting hurt. Andre C. Fernandez, miamiherald, "Solid debuts and a starter's imminent return to alter the look of the Marlins' rotation," 30 June 2018 Most children are having too much fun to ever worry about getting hurt. Melissa Reinert, Cincinnati.com, "Study: 25 child bike injuries treated per hour. Here's how to keep your kid safe," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of hurt

Verb

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

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hurt

Verb

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

Noun

see hurt entry 1

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hurt

verb

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

hurt

noun

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

: mental or emotional pain

hurt

verb
\ ˈhərt \
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.

hurt

noun

Kids Definition of hurt (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : an injury or wound to the body

2 : mental or emotional pain

hurt

adjective

Kids Definition of hurt (Entry 3 of 3)

: physically or emotionally injured a hurt toe hurt feelings

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