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hurtverb [I or T]

uk   /hɜːt/  us   /hɝːt/ (hurt, hurt)
A2 to ​feelpain in a ​part of ​yourbody, 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 ​causeemotionalpain to someone: She ​criticized my writing ​quiteseverely and that hurt. He was ​badly hurt by the end of his ​marriage. to ​causeharm or ​difficulty: A lot of ​businesses are being hurt by the ​current high ​interestrates. 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 ​feelpain, or to ​causepain 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 ​causeharm or ​difficulty: [T] A lot of ​businesses are being hurt by high ​interestrates. [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 yourfeelings.

hurtadjective [not gradable]

 us   /hɜrt/
feelingpain or being ​upset: I ​saw you ​fall – are you hurt? Naomi was hurt by ​yourcriticism.

hurtnoun [U]

 us   /hɜrt/
emotionalpain: 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)
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