February 9, 2012 - Word of the Day: harm
The word "harm" means to cause injury or hurt someone or something.
You can use it as a verb:
- If anyone tries to harm you, call the police.
- You'll harm yourself if you get too close to the fire.
- Too much television harms the minds of young children.
- Ahmed harmed his chances of getting into a good college because of his poor grades in high school.
- Ashley harmed her back when she tried to pick up some heavy furniture.
The word "harm" is often used as a noun:
- Cigarette smoking causes a tremendous amount of harm to your body.
- The harm that was done to the boy's spinal cord was permanent, and he remained paralyzed.
- No harm was done to any of the hostages held by the militants.
- There's no harm in trying to do something new, even if you aren't successful.
An adjective can be made by adding "ful" or "less" to "harm."
- That snake is harmless. It doesn't have any fangs or poison. (harmless = not dangerous)
- Kevin thought the joke he played on his friends was harmless, but they were really upset with him.
- Drinking too much soda pop is harmful to your teeth and your body. (harmful = dangerous)
- Exposure to a lot of radiation can be harmful.
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