in·​jure | \ ˈin-jər How to pronounce injure (audio) \
injured; injuring\ ˈinj-​riŋ How to pronounce injure (audio) , ˈin-​jə-​ \

Definition of injure

transitive verb

1a : to inflict bodily hurt on
b : to impair the soundness of injured her health
c : to inflict material damage or loss on
2a : to harm, impair, or tarnish the standing of injured his reputation
b : to give pain to injure a person's pride
c : to do an injustice to : wrong

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from injure

injurer \ ˈin-​jər-​ər How to pronounce injure (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for injure


Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of injure in a Sentence

She fell and injured herself. She fell and slightly injured her arm. Several people were badly injured in the accident.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web Mass shootings — incidents that injure or kill more than four people, not including the perpetrator — rose nearly 50% in 2020 amid the pandemic that left millions unemployed and millions more teenagers idle. Jim Sergent, USA Today, "Boulder grocery store rampage follows spike in mass shootings during 2020," 24 Mar. 2021 Silk, on the other hand, provides a smooth fabric that doesn't disrupt or injure the skin barrier. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, "The Best Silk Pillowcases of 2021 for Fighting Frizz and Fine Lines While You Snooze," 24 Mar. 2021 People of all ages are more likely to injure themselves on treadmills than any other kind of exercise equipment, the NIH study found. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "Peloton warns owners to keep kids away from their treadmills after a child dies," 18 Mar. 2021 Three bombings in the area kill two people and severely injure another. Ew Staff,, "What to Watch on Wednesday: Amy Poehler has Moxie with her new Netflix movie," 3 Mar. 2021 In cities such as Chicago, where young Black boys senselessly injure or kill each other every day, many young Ligons already are in the prison system or in the pipeline. Dahleen Glanton,, "Column: Joe Ligon, America’s longest-serving juvenile lifer, has a message for young Black offenders," 22 Feb. 2021 Seismic airgun survey technology has revealed a bonanza of overlooked oil deposits, but its use can disorient, injure or kill various marine animals. al, "Bryde’s whales, endangered and exceedingly rare, found in Gulf of Mexico," 26 Jan. 2021 Further, the suit could threaten to injure what is clearly a significant financial relationship for Olo. Laura Forman, WSJ, "Olo Isn’t Everyone’s Food-Delivery Staple," 5 Mar. 2021 Now some childcare experts warn against those jumpers — babies can knock their heads against doorways or injure their necks. Mary Jacobs, Dallas News, "Grandparents, it’s a new day in baby care," 23 Feb. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'injure.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of injure

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2c

History and Etymology for injure

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about injure

Time Traveler for injure

Time Traveler

The first known use of injure was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for injure

Last Updated

3 Apr 2021

Cite this Entry

“Injure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for injure



English Language Learners Definition of injure

: to harm or damage (someone or something)


in·​jure | \ ˈin-jər How to pronounce injure (audio) \
injured; injuring

Kids Definition of injure

: to cause pain or harm to Two people were injured in the accident. The criticism injured my pride.
in·​jure | \ ˈin-jər How to pronounce injure (audio) \
injured; injuring\ ˈinj-​(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce injure (audio) \

Medical Definition of injure

1 : to inflict bodily hurt on
2 : to impair the soundness of injure your health

Keep scrolling for more

injured; injuring

Legal Definition of injure

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

in ju·​re | \ in-ˈju̇r-ē, -ˈyü-rā \

Legal Definition of in jure (Entry 2 of 2)

: in right, law, or justice

History and Etymology for injure



Keep scrolling for more

Comments on injure

What made you want to look up injure? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

The Exceptions Quiz III

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!