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bruise

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verb \ˈbrüz\

Simple Definition of bruise

  • : 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

Full Definition of bruise

bruisedbruis·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a archaic :  disable b :  batter, dent

  3. 2 :  to inflict a bruise on :  contuse

  4. 3 :  to break down (as leaves or berries) by pounding :  crush

  5. 4 :  wound, injure; especially :  to inflict psychological hurt on <a bruised ego>

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 :  to inflict a bruise

  8. 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


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bruise

noun

Simple Definition of bruise

  • : 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. 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

  2. 2 :  abrasion, scratch

  3. 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



1541

First Known Use of bruise

1541



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