injure

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

Synonyms for injure

Synonyms

damage, harm, hurt, wound

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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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Jacob's friend Emily Houpt, 23, was among those students who were injured. Natalie Gontcharova, refinery29.com, "My Son Survived The UNC-Charlotte Shooting. Here's What I Learned From The Experience.," 8 June 2019 Five students were injured when a pickup struck the side of a school bus in Guilford Friday morning, police said. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "Five students injured in Guilford school bus crash Friday," 7 June 2019 While serving 15 months in 2006 and 2007 at Forward Operating Base McHenry, 18 members of his battalion were killed in action and more than 30 others were injured so severely they were evacuated to Germany. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Service dog made veteran’s first pitch at Padres game possible," 7 June 2019 Pfeiffer said officers had to go in harm's way to get to one of the victims, who was seriously injured. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Waukesha County SWAT team is raising money for an armored vehicle that could help get victims out of danger," 7 June 2019 The investigation began after police were called to Hill's home twice in March and determined the child had been injured. CBS News, "Child abuse case against Kansas City Chiefs star Tyreek Hill no longer active," 7 June 2019 No one else was injured in the shooting, officials said. Wayne K. Roustan, sun-sentinel.com, "Wilton Manors man gunned down in Deerfield Beach, cops say," 6 June 2019 Twenty other cadets and two soldiers were injured following the accident, which involved a light medium tactical vehicle, the academy said. Jennifer Calfas, WSJ, "West Point Cadet Dies in Accident Near Summer Training Camp," 6 June 2019 Seven people were injured, two critically, in a two-car crash along Chef Menteur Highway Thursday afternoon (June 6), said EMS spokesman Jonathan Fourcade. Olivia Prentzel, nola.com, "7 people injured, 2 critically, in crash along Chef Menteur Highway: EMS," 6 June 2019

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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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More Definitions for injure

injure

verb

English Language Learners Definition of injure

: to harm or damage (someone or something)

injure

verb
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 injuring (audio) \

Medical Definition of injure

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

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in·​jure
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

adverb
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

Adverb

Latin

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