Definition of hurt in English:


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Pronunciation: /həːt

verb (past and past participle hurt)

[with object]
  • 1Cause pain or injury to: Ow! You’re hurting me! [no object]: does acupuncture hurt?
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    • Despite being seriously hurt, their injuries are not life-threatening, and their families are with them at the hospital.
    • It was one of those spectacular injuries that doesn't hurt much but involves impressive blood loss that actually drips on to the ground.
    • The man, who was not wearing a cycle helmet, was seriously hurt, but his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
    injure, wound, damage, disable, incapacitate, impair, maim, mutilate, cause injury to, cause pain to; bruise, cut, gash, graze, scrape, scratch, lacerate; abuse, torture, maltreat, ill-treat, molest
  • 1.1 [no object] (Of a part of the body) suffer pain: my back hurts
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    • The problem when you are injured is regaining strength - but your body hurts all the time and exercise causes even more pain.
    • His head felt like it was on fire, and his whole body hurt with a dull ache.
    • My body hurts so much that I can barely hold myself upright.
    be painful, be sore, be tender, cause pain, cause discomfort, ache, smart, sting, burn, tingle, throb
    informal be killing, be playing up
  • 1.2Cause distress to: she didn’t want to hurt his feelings
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    • It hurts me sore to say it, but, however she got there, we heard or saw nothing.
    • Their paranoia is discrediting them, burning bridges, and hurting us.
    • It was always painful to hurt other people's feelings, and to destroy their hopes along with it.
    distress, pain, wound, offend, sting, upset, sadden, devastate, mortify, grieve, aggrieve, be hurtful to, hurt someone's feelings, cause sorrow, cause suffering, cause anguish, make unhappy, give offence to, cut to the quick
  • 1.3 [no object] (Of a person) feel distress: he was hurting badly, but he smiled through his tears
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    • However, it is two hours into the program and a recurring trend is that these people are hurting as badly as any progressives are in this country.
    • We were hurting badly and I wanted to know how Paul was feeling because he had missed the decisive penalty.
    • He replied sternly, but his voice indicated how badly he was hurting.
  • 2Be detrimental to: high interest rates are hurting the local economy
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    • Higher interest rates can hurt stocks because they raise the cost of borrowing to expand businesses and cut into corporate profits.
    • Of course, there's always a risk the markets will overdo it and push long-term interest rates too high, hurting the economy in the process.
    • And a sharp spike in interest rates would hurt some homeowners who have just got their foot on the housing ladder.
    harm, damage, do harm to, be detrimental to, weaken, spoil, mar, blemish, blight, impair, impede, jeopardize, undermine, ruin, wreck, sabotage, cripple
    informal foul up
  • 3 [no object] (hurt for) North American informal Have a pressing need for: Frank wasn’t hurting for money
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    • Now, the question is, of course, if those fail, can she continue to make that kind of money, not that she's hurting for money these days, I'm sure?
    • Well, let's just say she's considered a major player in the world of mystery just about everywhere and she's definitely not hurting for money.
    • Not terribly big, but big enough that we weren't hurting for money.


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adjective (hurtier, hurtiest) ( • informal )
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  • But then, after 40 collective minutes of sleep, I went to the dentist and told him that there was big hurty pain.
  • Think of my little hurty nose as punishment for my bad.
  • It was extra fun this week as she could more easily find the hurty places by following the bruises she left last week.


Middle English (originally in the senses 'to strike' and 'a blow'): from Old French hurter (verb), hurt (noun), perhaps ultimately of Germanic origin.

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