\ 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 forhurting 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 In Britain, the government, led by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, has been aggressively subsidizing wages at businesses hurt by the pandemic so long as employers do not fire their workers. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, "Europe’s Economic Recovery Is a Summer Memory," 10 Oct. 2020 More than half of respondents plan to purchase more from small businesses hurt by the Covid-19 outbreak. Jordyn Holman,, "Most U.S. Shoppers Say They Won’t Set Foot in a Mall This Year," 9 Oct. 2020 The Trojans though were hurt by fumbles, four in all. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Struggles on defense force South Houston to absorb 47-20 loss to Santa Fe," 9 Oct. 2020 The initiative was designed to support black business owners who had been disproportionately hurt by the coronavirus lockdowns across the country. Tyler Van Dyke, Washington Examiner, "Yelp announces ‘racist behavior alert’ for businesses," 9 Oct. 2020 Its shares have been hurt by trade tensions between the U.S. and China, and especially the Trump administration’s limitations on shipments to China’s Huawei Technologies Co. Cara Lombardo, WSJ, "AMD Is in Advanced Talks to Buy Xilinx," 9 Oct. 2020 In late July, Ducey extended the moratorium, which protects renters who have been hurt by COVID-19 until Oct. 31 as long as tenants follow certain steps, such as applying for aid from Arizona’s eviction protection programs. Catherine Reagor, The Arizona Republic, "Landlord challenge to Arizona eviction moratorium denied by state Supreme Court," 8 Oct. 2020 Many struggling workers are the most likely to be hurt financially by the pandemic, economists say, and the least likely to be able to adjust quickly over time economically. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "What it takes for risky borrowers to get a car loan," 7 Oct. 2020 German industrial output unexpectedly fell in August, hurt by a slump in auto manufacturing, and that's weighing on stocks. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "While Trump’s Twitter feed goes quiet overnight, U.S. futures rebound," 7 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Low interest rates and a flat yield curve hurt JPMorgan’s core lending profitability more than forecast. Telis Demos, WSJ, "Amid Pandemic, JPMorgan Can Afford to Think Long Term," 13 Oct. 2020 And that is a tale of betrayal, hurt, rejection, and loss. Andrea Bernstein, The New York Review of Books, "Pattern of Deception: From Trump Family Business to Grifter in Chief," 5 Oct. 2020 There's enough negativity and enough putting people down, there's enough hurt. Sam Gillette,, "Bishop Michael Curry Says He Heard Voices of Enslaved People at Meghan and Harry’s Wedding," 22 Sep. 2020 In these books, a small and buoyant pig and a dour, anxious elephant are best friends, but their interactions often involve frustration or hurt feelings. Emily Bobrow, WSJ, "The Serious Silliness of Mo Willems," 2 Oct. 2020 Pennsylvania ultimately did not act on the request, essentially keeping the disconnection ban in place, but local activists expressed alarm at the potential financial hurt on the horizon. Author: Tony Romm, Anchorage Daily News, "Millions of Americans risk losing power and water as unpaid utility bills pile up," 1 Oct. 2020 Pennsylvania ultimately did not act on the request, essentially keeping the disconnection ban in place, but local activists expressed alarm at the potential financial hurt on the horizon. Washington Post, "Millions of Americans risk losing power and water as massive, unpaid utility bills pile up," 1 Oct. 2020 Their hurt, contempt, fatigue, utter refusal are unequivocal. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, "The First Photos of Enslaved People Raise Many Questions About the Ethics of Viewing," 29 Sep. 2020 The 32-year-old hurt his shoulder in practice last week. Tyler Dragon, The Enquirer, "Bengals DT Geno Atkins (shoulder) ruled out versus Chargers," 11 Sep. 2020

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

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Last Updated

16 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hurt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce hurt (audio)

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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