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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)
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