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1bruise

verb \ˈbrüz\

: to cause a bruise on (part of a person's body, a piece of fruit, etc.)

: to get a bruise

: to hurt (someone's confidence, feelings, etc.) through speech or actions

bruisedbruis·ing

Full Definition of BRUISE

transitive verb
1
a archaic :  disable
b :  batter, dent
2
:  to inflict a bruise on :  contuse
3
:  to break down (as leaves or berries) by pounding :  crush
4
:  wound, injure; especially :  to inflict psychological hurt on <a bruised ego>
intransitive verb
1
:  to inflict a bruise
2
:  to undergo bruising <her skin bruises easily>

Examples of BRUISE

  1. She bruised her knee when she fell.
  2. I don't want to bruise anyone's feelings.

Origin of BRUISE

Middle English brusen, brisen, from Anglo-French & Old English; Anglo-French bruiser, briser to break, of Celtic origin; akin to Old Irish bruid he shatters; Old English brȳsan to bruise; akin to Old Irish bruid, Latin frustum piece
First Known Use: 14th century

2bruise

noun

: a dark and painful area on your skin that is caused by an injury

: a dark area on a plant or piece of fruit that has been damaged

Full Definition of BRUISE

1
a :  an injury involving rupture of small blood vessels and discoloration without a break in the overlying skin :  contusion
b :  a similar injury to plant tissue
3
:  an injury especially to the feelings

Examples of BRUISE

  1. He had a bad bruise on his leg after he fell.
  2. a bruise on an apple

First Known Use of BRUISE

1541

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