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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No deaths or injuries have been reported though one firefighter was injured battling the blaze. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "As Notre Dame Smolders, France Promises to Rebuild," 15 Apr. 2019 The officer was not injured, however officer safety is of the utmost importance to Axon. Fox News, "NYPD pulls 3,000 body cams off street after one exploded," 22 Oct. 2018 Most people weren’t injured by the needles, but a 21-year-old man from Queensland swallowed part of a needle after biting into a strawberry and reportedly had to be hospitalized because of abdominal pain, according to one Facebook post. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Australia is trying to figure out who’s sticking needles in strawberries," 17 Sep. 2018 The driver was not injured, and police have not arrested anyone in this case. Gal Tziperman Lotan, baltimoresun.com, "Pizza delivery driver robbed at knifepoint by 15 people at UMBC," 13 July 2018 The father and son were flown to safety and were not injured. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "GPS device leads rescue team to missing father, son in Coconino National Forest," 13 July 2018 The underage passenger was not injured and was released to family. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "Police say driver in rollover crash in PRP will be charged with DUI," 13 July 2018 According to the Ministry of the Interior for France, over 500 firefighters worked to put out the blaze—which took upwards of five hours—and it has been reported that two police officers and one firefighter were injured. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "The Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris Catches Fire," 15 Apr. 2019 Interior Minister Sander Lleshaj denounced the attacks on police, saying that five policemen were injured. Llazar Semini, The Seattle Times, "Albanian opposition clashes with police in anti-govt protest," 13 Apr. 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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