| - Tim Lake |
“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。