hurt Definition

  • 1to cause pain or injury to yourself or someone else
  • 2to feel physical or emotional pain

Using hurt: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "hurt" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She hurt her knee while playing soccer.

  • Example

    The accident hurt several people.

  • Example

    His words hurt my feelings.

  • Example

    I'm sorry if I hurt you.

hurt Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for hurt

Idioms Using hurt

  • no hurt, no foul

    used to say that there is no problem or harm done if no damage or injury has occurred


    I'm sorry I bumped into you. No hurt, no foul, right?

  • rub salt in the wound/hurt

    to make a difficult situation even worse for someone


    Don't rub salt in the wound by reminding me of my mistakes.

  • to accept criticism or blame without becoming angry or upset


    I know I made a mistake, and I'm willing to take the hurt for it.

Phrases with hurt

  • hurt somebody's feelings

    to say or do something that upsets or offends someone


    I didn't mean to hurt your feelings.

  • hurt somebody's pride

    to do something that makes someone feel ashamed or embarrassed


    He was hurt by the criticism and it hurt his pride.

  • hurt somebody's chances

    to make it less likely that someone will succeed or achieve something


    His poor performance in the interview hurt his chances of getting the job.


Summary: hurt in Brief

The verb 'hurt' [hɜːt] can refer to causing pain or injury to oneself or others, as well as feeling physical or emotional pain. It can be used in phrases like 'hurt somebody's feelings' and idioms like 'no hurt, no foul,' which means no harm done. 'Hurt' has synonyms like 'injure' and 'wound,' and antonyms like 'heal' and 'soothe.'

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