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harm

[ hahrm ]
/ hɑrm /
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noun
physical injury or mental damage; hurt: to do him bodily harm.
moral injury; evil; wrong.
verb (used with object)
to do or cause harm to; injure; damage; hurt: to harm one's reputation.
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Origin of harm

before 900; Middle English; Old English hearm; cognate with German Harm,Old Norse harmr

synonym study for harm

1, 2. See damage.

OTHER WORDS FROM harm

harmer, nounself-harming, adjectiveun·harmed, adjectiveun·harm·ing, adjective

Other definitions for harm (2 of 2)

HARM
[ hahrm ]
/ hɑrm /

noun Military.
a U.S. air-to-surface missile designed to detect and destroy radar sites by homing on their emissions.

Origin of HARM

H(igh-speed)A(nti)R(adiation)M(issile)
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How to use harm in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for harm

harm
/ (hɑːm) /

noun
physical or mental injury or damage
moral evil or wrongdoing
verb
(tr) to injure physically, morally, or mentally

Derived forms of harm

harmer, noun

Word Origin for harm

Old English hearm; related to Old Norse harmr grief, Old High German harm injury, Old Slavonic sramǔ disgrace
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Other Idioms and Phrases with harm

harm

see do one wrong (harm); out of harm's way.

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