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Definition of "hurt" []

  • To cause physical damage or pain to; injure. (verb-transitive)
  • To cause mental or emotional suffering to; distress. (verb-transitive)
  • To cause physical damage to; harm: The frost hurt the orange crop. (verb-transitive)
  • To be detrimental to; hinder or impair: The scandal hurt the candidate's chances for victory. (verb-transitive)
  • To have or produce a feeling of physical pain or discomfort: My leg hurts. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "hurt" in a sentence
  • "Thus, it would be a very holy thing and work for Valencia to build a hostel or hospital where such insane or innocent persons could be housed so that they would not be wandering through the city and could not hurt nor be hurt»."
  • "I wonder if ive hurt pple and stuff… or how many pple exactly have I hurt…"
  • "Dyak's house was in bad repair, and a Malay fell in consequence and was hurt, or pretended to be hurt, a fine was imposed; if a Malay in the jungle was wounded by the springs set for a wild boar, or by the wooden spikes which the Dyaks for protection put about their village, or scratched himself and said he was injured, the penalty was heavy; if the Malay was _really hurt_, ever so accidentally, it was the ruin of the Dyak."