\ ˈhərt How to pronounce hurt (audio) \
hurt; hurting

Definition of hurt

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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


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.


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

Jackson stepped into the starting role mid-season when Joe Flacco got hurt and never looked back as the 2018 late first-round pick led Baltimore to six wins in its final seven games to win the division. Si Wire,, "Ravens vs. Dolphins Live Stream: Watch Online, TV Channel, Start Time," 8 Sep. 2019 Regulators are examining whether the companies have used their market power to crimp competition, potentially raising prices and hurting consumers. Washington Post, "As feds loom, states hit Facebook, Google with new probes," 8 Sep. 2019 Nelson recorded four tackles in the 49-0 victory over South Florida but was hurt making a tackle on a running play late in the third quarter. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UW's Quintez Cephus celebrates his return to Camp Randall Stadium with two touchdowns," 7 Sep. 2019 Esparza has been convicted of hurting and endangering children in the past, court records show. Hannah Dellinger, Houston Chronicle, "Police: Boyfriend arrested after 5-year-old left dead in closet," 6 Sep. 2019 Recession fears aside, there are also legitimate worries that the US-China trade war will hurt corporate profits for leading US blue chip companies like Apple, Coke, GM and Caterpillar. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "How to find yield in a low-rate world," 6 Sep. 2019 The Spectator announced, declaring that even though the opposition parties and 21 Conservative defectors voted to block a no-deal Brexit Tuesday night, an election will hurt Labour in the end. Stephen Paduano, The New Republic, "Boris Johnson Goes for Broke," 6 Sep. 2019 And then what happens is one partner or the other has been rejected over a series of months or years, so the initiating partner stops asking because the rejection hurts too much. Christina Oehler,, "What Does It Mean to Have a 'Dead Bedroom' Relationship? We Asked a Sex Therapist," 3 Sep. 2019 President Donald Trump escalated his attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, suggesting that the Justice Department had hurt the chances of Republicans in midterm elections with the recent indictments of two GOP congressmen., "Today in history: September 3," 3 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Georgia is in some doo-doo in the passing game if Fromm gets hurt. Christopher Smith, al, "2019 SEC football power rankings from a gambling perspective," 21 Aug. 2019 There's also been some speculation that top center Patrice Bergeron is playing hurt; when Boston had a big lead late in Game 3, Bergeron didn't play the final seven minutes. Isabelle Khurshudyan,, "Stanley Cup Final shows there’s still room for ‘heavy’ hockey in NHL," 4 June 2019 This is the truth and the false narrative and deliberate lies must stop before anyone else is hurt. Ann Schlarb, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: Here’s the truth about GEO Care’s work in criminal justice," 23 Aug. 2019 Data compiled from hospitals in Los Angeles, Austin, and elsewhere indicates that, yes, some people are getting hurt riding the things. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "Ford’s Bid for Safer Scooters? Tracking College Kids," 21 Aug. 2019 Besides, Muncy could still make the team if another player gets hurt or withdraws. Houston Mitchell,, "Dodgers Dugout: A statistical look at the bullpen; Joe Davis answers your questions," 2 July 2019 That free pass hurt, as Rougned Odor followed by lining a double off the glove of Yasmani Grandal at first. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Rangers 1, Brewers 0: Mike Minor dominates Milwaukee in a pitcher's duel," 11 Aug. 2019 No Bengals players were especially overjoyed when Vontaze Burfict returned to the team after his multiple concussions and other assorted hurts. Paul Daugherty,, "Doc's Morning Line: Cincinnati Reds acquisition of pitcher Gausman positively extravagant," 6 Aug. 2019 Hundreds of people attended a vigil in Dayton, Ohio Sunday night in honor of the nine people killed and 27 hurt in a shooting there earlier in the day, about 13 hours after the El Paso attack. CBS News, "Witness describes Dayton rampage: "All I can hear is the screams"," 5 Aug. 2019

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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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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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