harms, harming, harmed
1) VERB To harm a person or animal means to cause them physical injury, usually on purpose.

[V n] The hijackers seemed anxious not to harm anyone.

injure, hurt
2) N-UNCOUNT: oft N to n Harm is physical injury to a person or an animal which is usually caused on purpose.

All dogs are capable of doing harm to human beings.

3) VERB To harm a thing, or sometimes a person, means to damage them or make them less effective or successful than they were.

[V n] ...a warning that the product may harm the environment...

[V n] Low-priced imports will harm the industry.

damage, ruin
4) N-UNCOUNT Harm is the damage to something which is caused by a particular course of action.

The abuse of your powers does harm to all other officers who do their job properly...

To cut taxes would probably do the economy more harm than good.

5) PHRASE: V inflects If you say that someone or something will come to no harm or that no harm will come to them, you mean that they will not be hurt or damaged in any way.

There is always a lifeguard to ensure that no one comes to any harm...

`Go back and make sure that no harm comes to him,' he said quietly.

6) PHRASE: V inflects If you say it does no harm to do something or there is no harm in doing something, you mean that it might be worth doing, and you will not be blamed for doing it.

They are not always willing to take on untrained workers, but there's no harm in asking.

7) PHRASE: V inflects If you say that something would do no harm, or do someone no harm, you are recommending a course of action which you think is worthwhile, helpful, or useful.

It would do her no harm to try them until we found the one which suited her best.

8) PHRASE: usu v-link PHR If you say that there is no harm done, you are telling someone not to worry about something that has happened because it has not caused any serious injury or damage.

There, now, you're all right. No harm done.

9) PHRASE: PHR after v, v-link PHR If someone is put in harm's way, they are caused to be in a dangerous situation.

These men were never told how they'd been put in harm's way...

They could be in harm's way if military action becomes necessary.

10) PHRASE: v-link PHR, PHR after v If someone or something is out of harm's way, they are in a safe place away from danger or from the possibility of being damaged.

For parents, it is an easy way of keeping their children entertained, or simply out of harm's way...

Workers scrambled to carry priceless objects out of harm's way.

English dictionary. 2008.


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