verb in·jure \ ˈin-jər \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of injure

injured; injuring play \ˈinj-riŋ, ˈin-jə-\
transitive verb
1 a :to do an injustice to :wrong
b :to harm, impair, or tarnish the standing of
  • injured his reputation
c :to give pain to
  • injure a person's pride
2 a :to inflict bodily hurt on
b :to impair the soundness of
  • injured her health
c :to inflict material damage or loss on


play \ˈin-jər-ər\ noun

Examples of injure in a Sentence

  1. She fell and injured herself.

  2. She fell and slightly injured her arm.

  3. Several people were badly injured in the accident.

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Origin and Etymology of injure

Middle English enjuren, from Anglo-French *enjurer, from Late Latin injuriare, from Latin injuria injury

Synonym Discussion of injure

injure, harm, hurt, damage, impair, mar mean to affect injuriously. injure implies the inflicting of anything detrimental to one's looks, comfort, health, or success.
    • badly injured in an accident
harm often stresses the inflicting of pain, suffering, or loss.
    • careful not to harm the animals
hurt implies inflicting a wound to the body or to the feelings.
    • hurt by their callous remarks
damage suggests injury that lowers value or impairs usefulness.
    • a table damaged in shipping
impair suggests a making less complete or efficient by deterioration or diminution.
    • years of smoking had impaired his health
mar applies to injury that spoils perfection (as of a surface) or causes disfigurement.
    • the text is marred by many typos

INJURE Defined for English Language Learners



Definition of injure for English Language Learners

  • : to harm or damage (someone or something)

INJURE Defined for Kids


verb in·jure \ ˈin-jər \

Definition of injure for Students

injured; injuring
:to cause pain or harm to
  • Two people were injured in the accident.
  • The criticism injured my pride.

Medical Dictionary


transitive verb in·jure \ ˈin-jər \

medical Definition of injure

injured; injuring play \ˈinj-(ə-)riŋ\
1 :to inflict bodily hurt on
2 :to impair the soundness of
  • injure your health

Law Dictionary


transitive verb in·jure

legal Definition of injure

injured; injuring
1 :to interfere with or violate the legally protected interests of: as
a :to harm the physical, emotional, or mental well-being of
b :to cause (another) to suffer from damage to, deprivation of, or interference with property or a property interest
c :to violate the constitutionally or otherwise legally protected rights of
2 :to mar or impair the soundness or appearance of (as a building) :deface

in jure

adverb in ju·re \ in-ˈju̇r-ē, -ˈyü-rā \

legal Definition of in jure

:in right, law, or justice

Origin and Etymology of in jure


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