V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to control and direct something for a purpose; 2. to keep something in check; 3. to put a harness (straps) on an animal

Synonyms: tame, control, reign in, subdue, suppress, restrain, yoke, hitch


Tips: As a noun, a harness is a support for a person's body or straps put on an animal to be attached to a cart. As a verb, to harness something means "to reign it in" and "control it," as in, "harness your anger into something positive," or "harnessing the energy from solar power."

Usage Examples:

Youíve got to find a way to harness your temper, because you canít go flying off the handle in meetings the way you have been. (control, suppress)

We harnessed our joint resources to create a truly innovative product. (reigned in)

There is much hope among environmentalists that the power of the wind will some day be harnessed to create an alternative source of energy. (controlled, reigned in)

You should harness your excitement for the time being, because you don't know the outcome of the experiment yet. (suppress, restrain)

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