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harm

noun
 
 
/hɑːm/
B2 [U] hurt or damage: Smoking can cause serious harm to the lungs. Alan would never do anyone any harm.Damaging and spoilingDestroying and demolishing
not come to any harm to not be hurt or damagedSafe and secure
not do any harm to not be a bad thing to do and possibly be a good thing: [+ to do sth] It wouldn't do any harm to have another look.Safe and secure
there's no harm in doing sth used to say that something is not a bad thing to do and could possibly have a good effect: I suppose there's no harm in trying.Safe and secure
not mean any harm to not intend to hurt someone or damage something: I never meant him any harm, I just wanted him to leave me alone.Kind and thoughtful
out of harm's way safe from a dangerous place or situationDefending and protectingBacking, supporting and defendingPreserving and saving
Translations of “harm”
in Korean 해…
in Arabic أذى…
in French mal…
in Turkish zarar, ziyan…
in Italian danno, male…
in Chinese (Traditional) 傷害, 損害, 危害…
in Russian вред, ущерб…
in Polish uszkodzenie, szkoda, krzywda…
in Spanish daño, mal, perjuicio…
in Portuguese mal…
in German der Schaden…
in Catalan mal…
in Japanese 害, 損害…
in Chinese (Simplified) 伤害, 损害, 危害…
(Definition of harm noun from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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