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Definition of harm noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

  

harm

 noun
noun
NAmE//hɑrm//
 
[uncountable]
 
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  •  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.
  • Idioms
    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 someone to do something It wouldn't do you any harm to clean yourself up.
    no harm done (informal)
     
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    used to tell someone not to worry because they have caused no serious damage or injury Forget it, Dave, no harm done.
    out of harm's way
     
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    in a safe place where someone or something cannot be hurt or injured or do any damage to someone or 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 someone 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 Learner's Dictionary entry: harm