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Definition of harness verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they harness
    he / she / it harnesses
    past simple harnessed
    -ing form harnessing
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  1. 1to put a harness on a horse or other animal; to attach a horse or other animal to something with a harness harness something to harness a horse harness something to something We harnessed two ponies to the cart. (figurative) In some areas, the poor feel harnessed to their jobs.
  2. 2harness something to control and use the force or strength of something to produce power or to achieve something attempts to harness the sun's rays as a source of energy We must harness the skill and creativity of our workforce.
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