Definition of “hurt” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb us uk /hɜːt/ past tense and past participle hurt
Extra Examples
She hurt her arm in the accident.Put that stick down before you hurt someone.He tripped on a stone and hurt his ankle.Apart from Jodie, who hurt her leg, all the children were fine.Children often fall over and hurt themselves.

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.

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.
UPSET [ I, T ]

B1 to cause emotional pain to someone:

Her comments about my work really hurt.

to have a harmful effect on something:

His chances of re-election were hurt by allegations of corruption.
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 fly

(Definition of “hurt verb” from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)