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 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

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injurer \ ˈin-​jər-​ər How to pronounce injurer (audio) \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web Lauderdale, Florida, that left 17 dead and 17 injured. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Bloomfield fire chief begs, 'Guys, don’t quit yet' before millage vote's possible layoffs," 17 Feb. 2020 Traded in August to the Eagles from the Arizona Cardinals, the former New Hope High School standout became a core member of Philadelphia’s special teams before an abdominal injury suffered in practice landed him on injured reserve after 10 games. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Auburn’s 2019 NFL roundup: Injuries strike top Tigers," 17 Feb. 2020 An Iranian missile attack on Iraq's Ain al-Asad air base on Jan. 8 injured dozens of U.S service members. Fox News, "Rockets strike near US Embassy in Baghdad; no injuries," 16 Feb. 2020 That's a hobby that got a lot of attention five years ago, after a mechanical problem in his vintage Ryan PT-22 forced Ford to make an emergency landing on a golf course, shattering his pelvis and his back, but injuring no one on the ground. CBS News, "Harrison Ford, the reluctant superstar, on "The Call of the Wild"," 16 Feb. 2020 Fleming, who began the season sitting out while injured, had four points and three assists – all to Moore – during the Bulldogs' surge. Nate Bryan, The Courier-Journal, "Male rolls past Covington Catholic in battle of Top 5 teams in Kentucky," 16 Feb. 2020 Then, last week, an Arab resident of East Jerusalem rammed his car into a group of Israeli soldiers, injuring 12. Ruth Eglash, Washington Post, "Israel aims to unite Jerusalem with better city services. Arabs want political change.," 16 Feb. 2020 An Iranian missile attack on Iraq's Ain al-Asad air base on Jan. 8 injured dozens of U.S service members, many of whom have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries. NBC News, "Rocket attack strikes near U.S. Embassy in Iraq," 16 Feb. 2020 An Iranian missile attack on Iraq’s Ain al-Asad air base on Jan. 8 injured dozens of US service members., "Rockets strike near US Embassy in Baghdad; no injuries," 16 Feb. 2020

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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

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20 Feb 2020

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“Injure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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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 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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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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