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

Daily views of the Pacific Ocean didn’t hurt either. NBC News, "Be proactive and step out of your comfort zone:," 13 July 2018 His father's election-year experience in the district shouldn't hurt and he's expected to lend a hand. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, "Andy Levin looks to take dad Sander Levin's seat in Congress," 13 July 2018 With none of his prime competitors recording a podium finish, Dixon's 12th didn't hurt much. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Scott Dixon climbs back atop IndyCar mountain as Hondas dominate Day 1 in Toronto," 13 July 2018 Nominations are certainly an honor, but shiny trophies don’t hurt. Michael O'connell, The Hollywood Reporter, "Emmys: How Netflix Edged HBO and What It Means for This Year's Race," 12 July 2018 The shot doesn’t hurt, because the intestines don’t have sharp pain receptors like those under the skin. Mike Feibus, USA TODAY, "Afraid of needles? These start-ups are working on alternatives," 8 July 2018 Thirty-two percent of the people surveyed said Trump would do a better job ensuring that immigration doesn’t hurt American workers, as compared with the 27 percent who felt this way about the Democrats in Congress. Li Zhou, Vox, "Poll: most Americans oppose Trump’s signature immigration policies," 6 July 2018 The quality of the line is terrific, and the always-low prices don't hurt either. Health Editors, Health.com, "4 Early Prime Day Deals You Can Shop Right Now," 3 July 2018 Amazon isn’t hurting for cash, but companies now expect truckloads of taxpayer dollars before locating to a region. Bill Torpy, ajc, "Torpy at Large: Bitter sting as Atlanta officials sour on Sweet Auburn," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The event, which involved flowers, hugs and a tearful apology, came more than half a century after the hurt began. Donna Vickroy, Daily Southtown, "Vickroy: 2 sisters, a bully and the apology 60 years in the making that set them free," 28 Apr. 2018 But the real hurt has been felt at the plate, where the Marlins cleanup hitter has been mired in a slump since spring training. Craig Davis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Bour's two homers not enough for Marlins against Mets' barrage," 11 Apr. 2018 Meanwhile, a second accident hours later on the theme park property left another Disney employee hurt, officials said. Gabrielle Russon, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Disney worker died in backstage area, company says," 10 July 2018 The main casualty of playing hurt has been a loss of power, which is the primary commodity a healthy Shaw provides in the cleanup spot. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "At cost of personal numbers, Brewers' Shaw took one for team by playing with sore wrist," 4 July 2018 Politesse is political; to wrest the floor from someone else is to bid for power, to assert importance or hurt or righteousness. Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle, "Family is a miracle in SHN’s ‘The Humans’," 7 June 2018 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

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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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