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hurt

verb [I or T] uk   /hɜːt/ us    /hɝːt/ (hurt, hurt)
A2 to feel pain in a part of your body, or to injure someone or cause them pain: Tell me where it hurts. My head hurts. She says that her ear hurts her. Emma hurt her back when she fell off her horse. Several people were seriously/badly hurt in the explosion. B1 to cause emotional pain to someone: She criticized my writing quite severely and that hurt. He was badly hurt by the end of his marriage. to cause harm or difficulty: A lot of businesses are being hurt by the current high interest rates. These allegations have seriously hurt her reputation. Hard work never hurt anyone (= does no one any harm).informal One more drink won't hurt (= won't cause any harm).

hurt

adjective [after verb] uk   /hɜːt/ us    /hɝːt/
B1 injured or in pain: Let me help you up. Are you hurt? Put that knife away before someone gets hurt. B1 upset or unhappy: I feel very hurt by what you said. "That was very unkind," he said in a hurt voice.

hurt

noun [S or U] uk   /hɜːt/ us    /hɝːt/
emotional pain: The hurt after a relationship breaks up can be awful. Her brave smile concealed a deep hurt.
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