To harness something is to use it to help you achieve your goals. You might harness energy from the sun to power your house, or you might harness the power of the wind to drive your ship.

  • The team is harnessing the power of the wind to try and pull the boat back to shore.

  • The scientists are harnessing the power of the sun to create energy.

Definition of harnessing


To place a harness on something; to tie up or restrain.


To capture, control or put to use.


To equip with armour.


The materials used to harness an animal.

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Example Sentences for harnessing

  • 1

    The plan was to harness the waters.

  • 2

    Hardy har har is the hearty masculine equivalent, a guffaw compared to a titter.

  • 3

    The full body harness attaches to the tree the same way the belt harness does.

  • 4

    In the fifth, they harness the nuclear energy.

  • 5

    It is the support piece attached to the harness girth.

  • 6

    On the front of the harness is a projecting metal plate.

  • 7

    Oil is metered into the tank, forcing the harness into the jacket.

  • 8

    Once in the harness the fleas usually stay in it for life.

  • 9

    The harness had slipped and she had to readjust it.

  • 10

    Har Mar has also been a spokesperson in the UK.