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verb [transitive] harness pronunciation in American English /ˈhɑrnəs/ 
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present tense
present participleharnessing
past tenseharnessed
past participleharnessed

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  1. 1
    to get control of something in order to use it for a particular purpose

    Humans first harnessed the power of electricity over 200 years ago.

    We aim to do better at harnessing the skills and talents of our workforce.



used with other nouns to describe the unexpected and often unwanted effects of a particular situation or trend

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a woman in middle age who has to juggle caring for teenage children and ageing parents with a career

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