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"harness" in British English

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harnessnoun [C]

uk   /ˈhɑː.nəs/  us   /ˈhɑːr-/
a ​piece of ​equipment with ​straps and ​belts, used to ​control or ​hold in ​place a ​person, ​animal, or ​object: a ​safety harness a ​baby harness a ​parachute harness

harnessverb [T]

uk   /ˈhɑː.nəs/  us   /ˈhɑːr-/
to put a harness on a ​horse, or to ​connect a ​horse to a ​vehicle using a harness to ​control something, usually in ​order to use ​itspower: There is a ​greatdeal of ​interest in harnessing ​wind and ​waves as new ​sources of ​power.
(Definition of harness from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"harness" in American English

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harnessnoun [C]

 us   /ˈhɑr·nəs/
a ​piece of ​equipment, ​includingstraps for ​fastening it, used to ​control an ​animal such as a ​horse or ​attach it to a ​load to be ​pulled, or a set of ​straps used to ​hold a ​person in ​place: a horse’s harness a ​parachute harness

harnessverb [T]

 us   /ˈhɑr·nəs/
to put a harness on an ​animal or a ​person: He harnessed the ​baby into her ​carseat. The ​dam harnesses ​waterpower (= ​controls and uses it) to ​generateelectricity.
(Definition of harness from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"harness" in Business English

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harnessverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈhɑːnɪs/
to ​collect and ​control something so that it can be used ​effectively: harness energy/ideas/skills Organizations need to harness the ​skills and ​knowledge of ​people who are ​retired or ​unemployed.harness the power of sth Plans to ​helpdeveloping countries harness the ​power of ​technology are important in the fight against ​global warming.
(Definition of harness from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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