Meaning of “hurt” in the English Dictionary

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hurtverb [ 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).

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hurtadjective [ 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.

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hurtnoun [ S or U ]

uk /hɜːt/ us /hɝːt/

(Definition of “hurt” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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hurtverb [ I/T ]

us /hɜrt/ past tense and past participle hurt

to feel pain, or to cause pain or injury to yourself or someone else:

[ I ] Tell me where it hurts.
[ I ] My leg hurts.
[ T ] Stop! You’re hurting me!
[ T ] Emilio hurt his back when he fell off a ladder.

To hurt also means to cause harm or difficulty:

[ T ] A lot of businesses are being hurt by high interest rates.
[ T ] His lack of experience may hurt his chances of getting the job.

To hurt someone can also mean to make someone upset or unhappy:

[ T ] I didn’t mean to hurt your feelings.

hurtadjective [ not gradable ]

us /hɜrt/

feeling pain or being upset:

I saw you fall – are you hurt?
Naomi was hurt by your criticism.

hurtnoun [ U ]

us /hɜrt/

emotional pain:

It’s a hurt that he has tried all his life to heal.

(Definition of “hurt” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)