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


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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Formal Dude was injured, vanned off and became the 28th casualty of the Santa Anita meeting. John Cherwa,, "Racing! Congratulations to Marley’s Freedom," 7 July 2019 Two other children, a 14-year-old-boy and 12-year-old girl, were injured. John Sharp |,, "4 drownings, boat crash deaths scar Alabama’s holiday weekend," 7 July 2019 The man had barricaded himself in his home after shooting into a crowd, injuring a 12-year-old girl and a woman in her 60s, according to The Associated Press. Kalhan Rosenblatt, NBC News, "Man and woman dead after standoff in Michigan sparked by dispute over fireworks noise," 6 July 2019 Fire and smoke were showing from the rear of the second floor, and the blaze was put out at 11:23 p.m. The blaze left 23 residents displaced, one person slightly injured, and caused an estimated $125,000 in damage, IFD said. Andrew Clark, Indianapolis Star, "Juvenile arrested in connection to intentionally set apartment fire, IFD says," 6 July 2019 One of the eight bullets fatally struck her in the head; her mother was struck in the arm, and two of her sisters were injured by flying glass. Mike Morris, Houston Chronicle, "Man charged in Jazmine Barnes' killing out on bond," 6 July 2019 Multiple storefronts were impacted by the blast, with 21 injured, including two seriously, according to Plantation Fire Rescue spokesman, Joel Gordon. Fox News, "At least 21 injured after gas explosion at vacant pizza restaurant in Florida shopping center," 6 July 2019 An 8-year-old boy injured on a homemade zip line near Buckeye June 24, died three days later, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said on Friday. Brieanna J. Frank, azcentral, "MCSO: 8-year-old injured in zip line accident at home near Buckeye has died," 5 July 2019 In addition to the two fireworks fatalities, a 15-year-old boy was seriously injured about 10 p.m. Thursday. Wayne K. Roustan,, "Two men dead, teen injured in separate fireworks explosions," 5 July 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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The first known use of injure was in the 15th century

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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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