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Meaning of “harm” in the English Dictionary

"harm" in British English

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harmnoun [U]

uk   /hɑːm/  us   /hɑːrm/
B2 physical or other ​injury or ​damage: Both ​denyconspiring to ​causeactualbodily harm. A ​mistake like that will do his ​credibility a lot of harm. Missing a ​mealonce 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 inasking (= no one will be ​annoyed and you might ​benefit). She meant no harm (= did not ​intend to ​offend) - she was only ​joking. She was ​frightened by the ​experience but she came to no harm (= was not ​hurt).

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harmverb [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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(Definition of harm from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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harmnoun [U]

 us   /hɑrm/
physical or other ​injury or ​damage: Missing a ​mealonce in a while won’t do you any harm. Fortunately, she didn’t come to any harm when the ​carskidded. Maybe ​Jim can ​help you – there’s no harm in ​asking (= no one will be ​annoyed and you might ​benefit).
harm
verb [T]  us   /hɑrm/
The ​tornadoblew out the ​windows of a ​nearbyschool, but none of the ​children were harmed.
harmful
adjective  us   /ˈhɑrm·fəl/
This ​group of ​chemicals is ​known to be harmful to the ​environment.
(Definition of harm from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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harmnoun [C or U]

uk   us   /hɑːm/
damage done to something: The ​boardfailed to prove irreparable harm in its ​suit against the ​council. The harms associated with ​climatechange are serious and well ​recognized.not do (any) harm to sb/sth The ​bondoffers great ​benefits for issuers without doing any harm to ​investors. economic/​environmental/​financial harm
do more harm than good used to say that an ​action is not helpful and could make a ​situation worse: Suspending ​payments on ​governmentdebts would do more harm than good.

harmverb [T]

uk   us   /hɑːm/
to ​damage something or make something worse: harm the economy/environment/country Economists warned that such a ​spendingpattern could not be ​sustained without harming the ​economy. harm ​business/​industry
(Definition of harm from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “harm”
in Korean 해…
in Arabic أذى…
in Malaysian keburukan…
in French mal…
in Russian вред, ущерб…
in Chinese (Traditional) 傷害, 損害, 危害…
in Italian danno, male…
in Turkish zarar, ziyan…
in Polish uszkodzenie, szkoda, krzywda…
in Spanish daño, mal, perjuicio…
in Vietnamese sự tổn hại…
in Portuguese mal…
in Thai ความเสียหาย…
in German der Schaden…
in Catalan mal…
in Japanese 害, 損害…
in Chinese (Simplified) 伤害, 损害, 危害…
in Indonesian kerusakan, kesusahan, dll.…
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