Harness: Meaning and Usage in a Sentence

Harness: Meaning and Usage in a Sentence

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In this post, you’ll learn the word ‘harness’ and its meaning.

A harness is a piece of equipment with straps and belts, used to control or hold in place a person, an animal, or an object.

We can put a harness on a horse, on a dog and even on a cat.

There is a safety harness, a baby harness, and a parachute harness.

We can also harness a baby into the car seat.

Harness: Meaning and Usage in a Sentence

What harness means

The verb harness means to control something, usually in order to use its power.

We could harness energy, ideas or skills.

Here are some examples:

  • The dam harnesses water power to generate electricity.
  • Nowadays people try to harness wind and waves as new sources of power.
  • Organizations need to harness the skills and knowledge of people who are retired or unemployed.
  • How to harness brain science for a better life* (Find the full article below)
  • Harness the power of your brain.

Utilise, employ, apply, and control are synonyms of harness.

Here’s a short video I made during Vocabulary Challenge where I explain the meangin of ‘harness’.

Now it’s your turn! Share your own examples with ‘harness’ in the comments.

Here’s a couple of questions that might help:
– When was the last time you used a harness?
– How can we harness the knowledge of previous generations?

Looking forward to seeing your examples!

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Additional resources for ‘harness’:

Harness meaning in Cambridge dictionary

How to harness brain science for a better life 

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