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verb hurt pronunciation in British English /hɜː(r)t/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyhurt
he/she/ithurts
present participlehurting
past tensehurt
past participlehurt
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to feel pain somewhere in your body

    Fred’s knees hurt after skiing all day.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to cause physical pain or injury

    You’re hurting my arm!

    These new boots hurt.

    hurt yourself doing something:

    Don’t hurt yourself exercising.

  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] to cause someone emotional pain

    I never meant to hurt your feelings.

    His cold behaviour hurt her deeply.

    it hurts that:

    It really hurts that you’d believe her instead of me.

  4. 4
    [transitive] to cause damage or problems, or to harm someones chance to succeed at something

    Oil spills hurt everyone.

    The weakness of the dollar has hurt car sales.

    computer equipment that won’t hurt your wallet (=cost a lot)

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