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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Jennifer Lambert, a 19-year-old from Columbus, was one of seven riders injured in July 2017 when a car on the Fire Ball ride at Ohio’s State Fair derailed and crashed, according to The Columbus Dispatch. Sarah Mearhoff, Teen Vogue, "A Teen Died a Year After Sustaining Traumatic Brain Injuries in an Ohio State Fair Ride Accident," 12 Sep. 2018 According to reports, at least four people injured in the shooting are in stable condition and are being treated at various hospitals in the area. Vogue, "At Least Four People Are Dead After at a Mass Shooting in Jacksonville, Florida," 26 Aug. 2018 All three people who were injured in the fire are expected to survive, Mieth said in an e-mail Friday afternoon. Emily Sweeney And Danny Mcdonald,, "Two firefighters, one civilian injured in Everett blaze," 13 July 2018 One man was fatally shot and another woman injured in a double shooting in Penn North on Tuesday night, according to police. Christina Tkacik,, "Man killed, woman injured in double shooting in Penn North — among five people shot in Baltimore Tuesday," 11 July 2018 In the only human tests, mitochondrial transplants appear to revive and restore heart muscle in infants that was injured in operations to repair congenital heart defects. New York Times, "Dying Organs Restored to Life in Novel Experiments," 10 July 2018 The officer was knocked off the conveyor belt onto the tarmac, injuring his elbow and knee in the fall. Author: Isabelle Ross, Anchorage Daily News, "Togiak man arrested after trying to climb into airplane cargo hold in Dillingham," 9 July 2018 While nobody was injured in either collapse, the first incident spooked some nearby residents. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Barton 1792 spill filled big bourbon ponds with thousands of gallons," 6 July 2018 To have a couple of guys injured and have the firefighters maintain their focus is a testament to how good my guys are. Laura Crimaldi,, "‘He was totally engulfed in flames’: Witnesses recount blaze that injured two Everett firefighters," 14 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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