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harm

noun [U] uk   /hɑːm/  us   /hɑːrm/
B2 physical or other injury or damage: Both deny conspiring to cause actual bodily harm. A mistake like that will do his credibility a lot of harm. Missing a meal once in a while never did anyone any harm. You could always ask Jim if they need any more staff in his office - (there's) no harm in asking (= no one will be annoyed and you might benefit). She meant no harm (= did not intend to offend), she was joking. She was frightened by the experience but she came to no harm (= was not hurt).
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harm

verb [T] uk   /hɑːm/  us   /hɑːrm/
B2 to hurt someone or damage something: Thankfully no one was harmed in the accident. The government's reputation has already been harmed by a series of scandals.
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Translations of “harm”
in Arabic أذى…
in Korean 해…
in Malaysian keburukan…
in French mal…
in Turkish zarar, ziyan…
in Italian danno, male…
in Chinese (Traditional) 傷害, 損害, 危害…
in Russian вред, ущерб…
in Polish uszkodzenie, szkoda, krzywda…
in Vietnamese sự tổn hại…
in Spanish daño, mal, perjuicio…
in Portuguese mal…
in Thai ความเสียหาย…
in German der Schaden…
in Catalan mal…
in Japanese 害, 損害…
in Indonesian kerusakan, kesusahan, dll.…
in Chinese (Simplified) 伤害, 损害, 危害…
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