Meaning of hurt

hurt

Pronunciation: (hûrt), [key]
— v., n., adj. hurt, hurt•ing,
—v.t.
  1. to cause bodily injury to; injure: He was badly hurt in the accident.
  2. to cause bodily pain to or in: The wound still hurts him.
  3. to damage or decrease the efficiency of (a material object) by striking, rough use, improper care, etc.: Moths can't hurt this suit because it's mothproof. Dirty oil can hurt a car's engine.
  4. to affect adversely; harm: to hurt one's reputation; It wouldn't hurt the lawn if you watered it more often.
  5. to cause mental pain to; offend or grieve: She hurt his feelings by not asking him to the party.
—v.i.
  1. to feel or suffer bodily or mental pain or distress: My back still hurts.
  2. to cause bodily or mental pain or distress: The blow to his pride hurt most.
  3. to cause injury, damage, or harm.
  4. to suffer want or need.
—n.
  1. a blow that inflicts a wound; bodily injury or the cause of such injury.
  2. injury, damage, or harm.
  3. the cause of mental pain or offense, as an insult.
  4. a rounded azure.
—adj.
  1. physically injured: The hurt child was taken to the hospital.
  2. offended; unfavorably affected: hurt pride.
  3. suggesting that one has been offended or is suffering in mind: Take that hurt look off your face!
  4. damaged: hurt merchandise.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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