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English definition of “hurt”

hurt

verb     /hɜːt/ (past tense and past participle hurt)
CAUSE PAIN [T] A2 to cause someone pain or to injure them: Simon hurt his knee playing football . [often reflexive] She hurt herself when she slipped on an icy step .Pain and painful
BE PAINFUL [I] A2 If a part of your body hurts, it is painful : My eyes really hurt. Where does it hurt ? [+ to do sth] It hurts to walk on it.Pain and painful
UPSET [I, T] B1 to cause emotional pain to someone: Her comments about my work really hurt.Making people sad, shocked and upset
AFFECT [T] to have a harmful effect on something: His chances of re-election were hurt by allegations of corruption .Damaging and spoilingDestroying and demolishing
it won't/wouldn't hurt (sb) to do sth informal used to say that someone should do something: It wouldn't hurt to get there a bit earlier than usual . → See also wouldn't hurt a flySuggestions and proposals
(Definition of hurt verb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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