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English definition of “hurt”

hurt

verb [I or T]     /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 .Pain and painful 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 .Making people sad, shocked and upset 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 ).Damaging and spoilingDestroying and demolishing
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