harm

noun
\ ˈhärm How to pronounce harm (audio) \

Definition of harm

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : physical or mental damage : injury the amount of harm sustained by the boat during the storm
2 : mischief, hurt I meant you no harm.

harm

verb
harmed; harming; harms

Definition of harm (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to damage or injure physically or mentally : to cause harm (see harm entry 1) to No animals were harmed in the making of the film. the national interest … was gravely harmed by this attack— Elmer Davis

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Other Words from harm

Verb

harmer noun

Synonyms for harm

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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 harm in a Sentence

Noun They threatened him with bodily harm. The scandal has done irreparable harm to his reputation. She'll do anything to protect her children from harm. They have suffered serious physical harm. These new regulations could cause lasting harm to small businesses. Verb He would never intentionally harm his children. chemicals that could harm the environment The scandal has seriously harmed his reputation.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Of these, reducing the persistent use of tobacco in America holds tremendous promise for broadly improving public health, protecting young people from harm and reducing health care costs for employers and government insurance programs. Marie Cocco, CNN, 4 Oct. 2021 Roberts began making wholesale changes in the top of the sixth, removing Trea Turner and Justin Turner from harm’s way. Los Angeles Times, 3 Oct. 2021 The white ‘cadejo’ in the title is a mythical four-legged creature, a cross between a wolf and a dog, that protects people from harm. Anna Marie De La Fuente, Variety, 1 Oct. 2021 The soft, silicone outer core absorbs any damage and protects your tablet from harm. Chris Hachey, BGR, 27 Sep. 2021 Others theorize that the handshake was a gesture devised to dislodge weapons from the sleeve of a person who was bent on doing harm. New York Times, 23 Sep. 2021 The main task facing the CISO is to communicate the importance of the new role of cybersecurity — not just in protecting the organization from harm but in facilitating its vision and aims for the future. Lucia Milică, Forbes, 23 Sep. 2021 But how can someone who wants to help actually wind up doing more harm than good? Colleen Murphy, Health.com, 20 Sep. 2021 Many of the senators tripping over themselves to express sorrow and empathy for these women are the very same ones who, either by action or inaction, have thought nothing of doing harm to other women. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, 15 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Babis has denied any wrongdoing and alleged that the recent revelation was meant to harm him in the election. Karel Janicek, ajc, 6 Oct. 2021 Newton's attorney argued his client killed McCaffery but initially planned to harm himself. Fox News, 1 Oct. 2021 And there is a great potential for people to harm themselves if using the antiseptic without medical supervision. Miriam Fauzia, USA TODAY, 1 Oct. 2021 Police and medics responded to the New Directions residential drug treatment facility around 3 p.m. Sept. 24 after a teenage girl threatened to harm herself. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 1 Oct. 2021 What are the underlying challenges that contributed to the decision to harm themselves? Alex Marquardt, CNN, 30 Sep. 2021 What’s meant to harm you, as the scripture says, ended up working for good. BostonGlobe.com, 29 Sep. 2021 Fearful that the neurotic Florence might try to harm herself, Olive invites her to move in as her roommate. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 26 Sep. 2021 However, in the end, personal responsibility is our best protection against the natural forces that wish to do us harm. Kevin Dayhoff, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 3 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of harm

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for harm

Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Old English hearm; akin to Old High German harm injury, Old Church Slavonic sramŭ shame

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The first known use of harm was before the 12th century

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9 Oct 2021

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“Harm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/harm. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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harm

noun

English Language Learners Definition of harm

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: physical or mental damage or injury : something that causes someone or something to be hurt, broken, made less valuable or successful, etc.

harm

verb

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

: to cause hurt, injury, or damage to (someone or something) : to cause harm to (someone or something)

harm

noun
\ ˈhärm How to pronounce harm (audio) \

Kids Definition of harm

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: physical or mental damage : injury The storm did little harm to the sheltered beach.

harm

verb
harmed; harming

Kids Definition of harm (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cause hurt, injury, or damage to insects that harm trees

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Noun

harm, injury, and damage mean an act that causes loss or pain. harm can be used of anything that causes suffering or loss. The frost did great harm to the crops. injury is likely to be used of something that has as a result the loss of health or success. She suffered an injury to the eyes. damage stresses the idea of loss (as of value or fitness). The fire caused much damage to the furniture.

harm

noun

Legal Definition of harm

: loss of or damage to a person's right, property, or physical or mental well-being : injury

Other Words from harm

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