WOTW: harm

| - Tim Lake |

triplo word of the week - harm

“Harm” is a noun and a verb. It is also part of some useful phrases. Let’s find out the meaning and look at some examples.


The noun “harm” means do damage to something. This can be physical injury to a person, or material damage to a thing.


+ She didn’t mean to cause any harm to the animals.

+ The pollution was obviously doing harm to the locals.

+ He was in court on charges of actual bodily harm.

+ It is unlikely to do major harm to the engine but be careful.

+ I intended no harm to her, I just wanted to talk.


In a similar way the noun “harm” means do actual or possible bad effects or danger.


+ There is no harm in trying.

+ Consider the harm that would be done to the environment.

+ Let them play, where’s the harm in that?

+ There is no harm in at least asking her.


The verb “harm” has the same meanings as the noun – physically injure, damage to health, and a bad effect.


+ The criminals didn’t harm him.

+ She was harmed in an accident.

+ Drinking and smoking can seriously harm your health.

+ The injury could harm his chances of playing the World Cup.

+ The scandal harmed her re-election campaign.


There some are good phrases that use harm.


come to no harm = be unhurt or undamaged:

+ Despite the crash, the passengers came to no harm


do more harm than good = make something worse.

+ The plans for taxes cuts did more harm than good to the economy.


out of harm’s way = in a safe place

+ We had better put this priceless vase out of harm’s way before the party.


The pronunciation is / hɑːm /.


This word is in the New General Service List, a list of the 3,000 most common words in English communication. You can get the full list on our website by clicking here.


この単語は、英語で最もよく使われる3,000の単語のリストであるNew General Service Listからのものです。完全なリストはこちらから。



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