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


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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The driver of the semi truck in front of the wreck was not injured, Crimmins said. Heidi Groover, The Seattle Times, "Southbound I-5 near Lacey reopens after four-truck pileup," 12 Dec. 2018 The driver of the Freightliner, a 57-year-old woman from Cross Plains, Wis., was not injured, police said. Amanda Marrazzo,, "Teen, man dead after semi crash in McHenry County," 13 July 2018 No one was injured in the incident, police officials said. Zolan Kanno-youngs, WSJ, "N.Y. Peace Officers Who Tried to Wrest Child From Mother Placed on Modified Duty," 10 Dec. 2018 Reminder: This is the same state that experienced last year's horrific Las Vegas shooting which left 58 dead and over 800 injured. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Gun Control Measures in the Midterms: How You Can Make a Difference With Your Vote," 30 Oct. 2018 While protests have generally been sporadic and small, one person was killed and two injured when a guard of one of one of the outgoing ministers opened fire on an angry crowd in Colombo. Uditha Jayasinghe And Eric Bellman, WSJ, "Sri Lankan Politicians Clash Over New Premier," 28 Oct. 2018 During the weeklong games, wounded, sick, or injured armed services members and veterans take place in a variety of sports competitions designed to empower and inspire. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Meghan Markle Closed Out the Invictus Games in a Stunning Antonio Berardi Tuxedo Dress," 27 Oct. 2018 At least three people were killed and two others were injured Thursday after a gunman opened fire at a bank's headquarters in downtown Cincinnati, officials said. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Cincinnati bank building shooting leaves 3 dead, 2 injured; suspect dead, police say," 2 Oct. 2018 Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% 0:00 / 2:41 Tacoma teen loses four fingers lighting a firecracker Advertisement Every year, Americans are killed and severely injured by fireworks. Scott Berson, miamiherald, "'Oh, my God, his finger is gone:' Mom sues after teacher slams a door on son's finger, lawsuit says," 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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