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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [hahrm]
    • /hɑrm/
    • /hɑːm/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [hahrm]
    • /hɑrm/

Definitions of harm word

  • noun harm a U.S. air-to-surface missile designed to detect and destroy radar sites by homing on their emissions. 1
  • verb with object harm to do or cause harm to; injure; damage; hurt: to harm one's reputation. 1
  • noun harm Physical injury, especially that which is deliberately inflicted. 1
  • transitive verb harm physical hurt 1
  • transitive verb harm damage 1
  • transitive verb harm damage conceptually 1

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Origin of harm

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English; Old English hearm; cognate with German Harm, Old Norse harmr

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Harm


harm popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 89% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

harm usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for harm

noun harm

  • loss — detriment, disadvantage, or deprivation from failure to keep, have, or get: to bear the loss of a robbery.
  • mischief — conduct or activity that playfully causes petty annoyance.
  • sabotage — any underhand interference with production, work, etc., in a plant, factory, etc., as by enemy agents during wartime or by employees during a trade dispute.
  • violence — swift and intense force: the violence of a storm.
  • damage — To damage an object means to break it, spoil it physically, or stop it from working properly.

verb harm

  • shock — a thick, bushy mass, as of hair.
  • wreck — any building, structure, or thing reduced to a state of ruin.
  • tarnish — to dull the luster of (a metallic surface), especially by oxidation; discolor.
  • inconvenience — the quality or state of being inconvenient.
  • shatter — to break (something) into pieces, as by a blow.

Antonyms for harm

noun harm

  • favor — something done or granted out of goodwill, rather than from justice or for remuneration; a kind act: to ask a favor.
  • goodness — the state or quality of being good.
  • virtue — moral excellence; goodness; righteousness.
  • happiness — the quality or state of being happy.
  • profit — Often, profits. pecuniary gain resulting from the employment of capital in any transaction. Compare gross profit, net profit. the ratio of such pecuniary gain to the amount of capital invested. returns, proceeds, or revenue, as from property or investments.

verb harm

  • create — To create something means to cause it to happen or exist.
  • aid — Aid is money, equipment, or services that are provided for people, countries, or organizations who need them but cannot provide them for themselves.
  • assist — If you assist someone, you help them to do a job or task by doing part of the work for them.
  • mend — to make (something broken, worn, torn, or otherwise damaged) whole, sound, or usable by repairing: to mend old clothes; to mend a broken toy.
  • heal — to make healthy, whole, or sound; restore to health; free from ailment.

Top questions with harm

  • how to self harm?
  • why do people self harm?
  • how to get rid of self harm scars?
  • how to cut deeper self harm?
  • how to hide self harm?
  • how to stop self harm?
  • what is self harm?
  • which bacteria causes the greatest harm in the food industry?
  • how we do harm?
  • what human activity does not harm earth's biodiversity?
  • how much antifreeze will harm a dog?
  • how to get rid of self harm scars fast?
  • how to cover self harm cuts?
  • what does harm mean?
  • celebrities who self harm?

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