in·jure | \ ˈin-jər \
injured; injuring\ˈinj-riŋ, ˈin-jə- \

Definition of injure 

transitive verb

1a : 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

2a : to inflict bodily hurt on

b : to impair the soundness of injured her health

c : to inflict material damage or loss on

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Other words from injure

injurer \ˈin-jər-ər \ noun

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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.
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Two students were killed and at least 10 were injured before top Catholic clergy were able to negotiate their release on Saturday morning and escort the surviving students across police lines. Joshua Partlow,, "Inside the church where Nicaraguan paramilitaries laid siege on university students," 14 July 2018 Officials said two rebels were killed and a military officer and a second soldier were injured in the fighting. Fox News, "2 rebels, teen killed during fighting, protests in Kashmir," 10 July 2018 One man was killed and another was injured following separate shootings in Baltimore on Tuesday morning. Nicholas Bogel-burroughs,, "Two men shot, one fatally, in Baltimore in separate Tuesday morning shootings," 10 July 2018 In June, seven people were killed and eight injured in a blast in Tultepec. Time, "Fireworks Explosion Kills 24 People, Injures 49 Near Mexico City," 6 July 2018 The mayhem did not spread, but during the multi-day melee in Mandalay two men—one Muslim and one Buddhist—were killed and around 20 others were injured. Timothy Mclaughlin, WIRED, "How Facebook’s Rise Fueled Chaos and Confusion in Myanmar," 6 July 2018 One man was killed and two other people were injured after a SEPTA bus ran a red light, struck two vehicles and crashed into a home in Northeast Philadelphia early Thursday evening. Oona Goodin-smith,, "Philly police raid Occupy ICE camp, Atlantic City's culinary energy on the rise | Morning Newsletter," 6 July 2018 Two people were killed and five were injured after a large tree branch fell onto spectators during a fireworks display in Illinois. Ashley May, USA TODAY, "Two killed, five injured when large tree branch falls on spectators at fireworks show in Illinois," 5 July 2018 In June, seven people were killed and eight injured in a blast in Tultepec. NBC News, "Fireworks explosion near Mexico City kills 17, injures 31," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of injure

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for injure

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


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English Language Learners Definition of injure

: to harm or damage (someone or something)


in·jure | \ ˈin-jər \
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 \
injured; injuring\ˈinj-(ə-)riŋ \

Medical Definition of injure 

1 : to inflict bodily hurt on

2 : to impair the soundness of injure your health

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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

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