Definition of harm noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

harm

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//hɑːm//
 
; NAmE NAmE//hɑːrm//
 
 
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  •  [uncountable] damage or injury that is caused by a person or an event He would never frighten anyone or cause them any harm. He may look fierce, but he means no harm. The court case will do serious harm to my business. The accident could have been much worse; luckily no harm was done. Don't worry, we'll see that the children come to no harm. I can't say I like Mark very much, but I don't wish him any harm. Hard work never did anyone any harm. Look, we're just going out for a few drinks, where's the harm in that? The treatment they gave him did him more harm than good.
  • Word Origin Old English hearm (noun), hearmian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to German Harm and Old Norse harmr ‘grief, sorrow’.Extra examples I don’t think he’ll come to any harm if his mother is with him. I don’t want any harm to come to these pictures. I’m sorry if I upset you—I didn’t mean any harm. No one wishes you harm. She tried to shield her child from harm. The children were removed from their parents to prevent harm to them. The drugs he was prescribed did him more harm than good. The huge fall in exports has done a great deal of harm to the economy. The younger children were kept out of harm’s way. babies at risk of serious harm from their parents elderly people in danger of physical or emotional harm the harm done to the environment Don’t worry, we’ll see that the children come to no harm. Hard work never did anyone any harm. He may look fierce, but he means no harm. He was convicted of causing grievous/​actual bodily harm. He would never frighten anyone or cause them any harm. I can’t say I like Mark very much but I don’t wish him any harm. I prefer the children to play in the garden where they’re out of harm’s way. Look, we’re just going out for a few drinks, where’s the harm in that? The accident could have been worse; luckily no harm was done. emotional/​psychological/​social damage/​harmIdioms
    it wouldn’t do somebody any harm (to do something)
     
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     used to suggest that it would be a good idea for somebody to do something It wouldn't do you any harm to smarten yourself up.
     (informal) used to tell somebody not to worry because they have caused no serious damage or injury Forget it, Dave, no harm done.  in a safe place where somebody/something cannot be hurt or injured or do any damage to somebody/something She put the knife in a drawer, out of harm’s way. I prefer the children to play in the garden where they’re out of harm’s way.
    there is no harm in (somebody’s) doing something, it does no harm (for somebody) to do something
     
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     used to tell somebody that something is a good idea and will not cause any problems He may say no, but there's no harm in asking. It does no harm to ask.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: harm