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hurt

verb [I/T]  us   /hɜrt/ (past tense and past participle hurt)
to feel pain, or to cause pain or injury to yourself or someone else: [I] Tell me where it hurts. [I] My leg hurts. [T] Stop! You’re hurting me! [T] Emilio hurt his back when he fell off a ladder. To hurt also means to cause harm or difficulty: [T] A lot of businesses are being hurt by high interest rates. [T] His lack of experience may hurt his chances of getting the job. To hurt someone can also mean to make someone upset or unhappy: [T] I didn’t mean to hurt your feelings.

hurt

adjective [not gradable]  us   /hɜrt/
feeling pain or being upset: I saw you fall – are you hurt? Naomi was hurt by your criticism.

hurt

noun [U]  us   /hɜrt/
emotional pain: It’s a hurt that he has tried all his life to heal.
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