injure

verb
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

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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Marley’s wife and manager were seriously injured but made full recoveries, and though Marley himself was only grazed by bullets in his chest and arm, the message sent by the attack was profound: Stay out of politics. Corey Seymour, Vogue, "Netflix’s New Bob Marley Documentary, Who Shot the Sheriff?, Isn’t Just Another Behind the Music—It’s a Story of Jamaica at War With Itself," 19 Oct. 2018 The bomb released toxic chlorine gas, seriously injuring two other soldiers responding to the incident. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "U.S. Soldier Found Guilty of Building, Exploding Poison Gas Bomb," 26 Sep. 2018 The fire, which broke out in June 2017 and ripped through a 24-story apartment building, saw 72 people lose their lives with at least another 70 more seriously injured. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Supports Charity Cookbook for Victims of Grenfell Tragedy in Her First Solo Project as a Royal Family Member," 17 Sep. 2018 Given the political ambiguities around the Caracas attack, and the fact that — luckily — no one was seriously injured, interest in the incident is already fading. Ulrike Franke, The Verge, "The Caracas drone attack won’t be the last of its kind," 17 Aug. 2018 MLive reports the child, who accessed his father’s gun while his parents were having a fight, was seriously injured but survived. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "Two Parents Are Facing Charges After Their Son's Friend Accidentally Fatally Shot Himself With Their Gun," 13 Aug. 2018 All the tourists were accounted for and no one was seriously injured when heavy rain began falling Wednesday evening and before dawn Thursday, swelling a shallow creek that runs through a reservation campground, said tribal spokeswoman Abbie Fink. Felicia Fonseca And Alina Hartounian, chicagotribune.com, "Flash flood sends tourists to high ground near Grand Canyon," 13 July 2018 His friend was seriously injured and remained Wednesday at Grady Memorial Hospital. Alexis Stevens, ajc, "Police, troopers crack down on dirt bikes, ATVs on Atlanta streets," 12 July 2018 Abbie Fink, spokeswoman for the Havasupai Tribal Council, said there are no reports of anyone missing or seriously injured. Dawn Gilbertson, azcentral, "Flash flood closes Havasupai falls," 12 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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injure

verb

English Language Learners Definition of injure

: to harm or damage (someone or something)

injure

verb
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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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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