—v.t. 1. to cause bodily injury to; injure: He was badly hurt in the accident. 2. to cause bodily pain to or in: The wound still hurts him. 3. to damage or decrease the efficiency of (a material object) by striking, rough use, improper care, etc.: Moths can't hurt this suit because it's mothproof. Dirty oil can hurt a car's engine. 4. to affect adversely; harm: to hurt one's reputation; It wouldn't hurt the lawn if you watered it more often. 5. to cause mental pain to; offend or grieve: She hurt his feelings by not asking him to the party.
—v.i. 1. to feel or suffer bodily or mental pain or distress: My back still hurts. 2. to cause bodily or mental pain or distress: The blow to his pride hurt most. 3. to cause injury, damage, or harm.
4. to suffer want or need.
—n. 1. a blow that inflicts a wound; bodily injury or the cause of such injury.
2. injury, damage, or harm.
3. the cause of mental pain or offense, as an insult.
4. Heraldry.a rounded azure.
—adj. 1. physically injured: The hurt child was taken to the hospital. 2. offended; unfavorably affected: hurt pride. 3. suggesting that one has been offended or is suffering in mind: Take that hurt look off your face! 4. damaged: hurt merchandise.