Definition of harness verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    harness

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈhɑːnɪs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɑːrnɪs//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they harness
    BrE BrE//ˈhɑːnɪs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɑːrnɪs//
     
    he / she / it harnesses
    BrE BrE//ˈhɑːnɪsɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɑːrnɪsɪz//
     
    past simple harnessed
    BrE BrE//ˈhɑːnɪst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɑːrnɪst//
     
    past participle harnessed
    BrE BrE//ˈhɑːnɪst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɑːrnɪst//
     
    -ing form harnessing
    BrE BrE//ˈhɑːnɪsɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɑːrnɪsɪŋ//
     
    Equine sports
     
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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. See related entries: Equine sports
  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. How can this energy be harnessed effectively for the good of humankind? They are attempting to harness the power of the sun.
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French harneis ‘military equipment’, from Old Norse, from herr ‘army’ + nest ‘provisions’.
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