harm1 S3 [ha:m US ha:rm] n [U]
[: Old English; Origin: hearm]
1.) damage, injury, or trouble caused by someone's actions or by an event
Modern farming methods have done considerable harm to the countryside.
Socks that are too tight can cause as much harm as badly fitting shoes.
It is a parent's responsibility to ensure that their children do not suffer any harm .
Criticizing people's work often does more harm than good .
This won't do his career serious harm .
protection from physical harm
There's no great harm in taking something to relieve a headache.
I'm only trying to earn a bit of money. Where's the harm in that?
It was a silly thing to do, but don't worry. No harm done .
2.) come to no harm/not come to any harm
to not be hurt or damaged
She was relieved to see the children had come to no harm.
3.) mean no harm/not mean any harm
to have no intention of hurting or upsetting anyone
She's a terrible gossip but she means no harm.
4.) there's no harm in doing sth/it does no harm to do sth
spoken used to suggest something to someone
There's no harm in trying.
It does no harm to ask.
5.) it wouldn't do sb any harm to do sth
spoken used to suggest that someone should do something that may be helpful or useful to them
It wouldn't do you any harm to get some experience first.
6.) out of harm's way
a) if someone or something is out of harm's way, they are in a place where they cannot be hurt or damaged
Copies of your documents should be kept in a safe place, well out of harm's way.
b) if something dangerous is out of harm's way, it is in a place where it cannot hurt anyone or damage anything
If you have small children, make sure that you store all medicines out of harm's way.
COLLOCATES for sense 1
do harm (to something)/do something harm
cause (somebody/something) harm
suffer harm
do more harm than good (=cause more problems rather than improving the situation)
serious harm
physical harm
psychological/emotional harm
there is no harm in (doing) something (=used to say that something seems reasonable)
where's the harm in that? spoken (=used when you think that something seems reasonable, although other people may not)
no harm done spoken (=used to tell someone not to worry about something they have done)
harm 2
harm2 v [T]
1.) to damage something
chemicals that harm the environment
2.) to physically hurt a person or animal
The kidnappers didn't harm him, thank God.
3.) harm sb's image/reputation
to make people have a worse opinion of a person or group

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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