in·​jure | \ ˈin-jər How to pronounce injure (audio) \
injured; injuring\ ˈinj-​riŋ How to pronounce injure (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 injure (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 Seismic airgun survey technology has revealed a bonanza of overlooked oil deposits, but its use can disorient, injure or kill various marine animals. Tristan Baurick,, "There’s a new whale species in the Gulf. Unfortunately, it’s already teetering on extinction," 25 Jan. 2021 Sotos appeared to injure his shoulder on the play and was taken to the locker room. cleveland, "Duane Washington scores 17, Ohio State basketball tops No. 15 Rutgers 79-68," 9 Jan. 2021 Sotos, Walker's backup, appeared to injure his shoulder on the play and was taken to the locker room. Matt Sugam, Star Tribune, "Washington scores 17, Ohio State tops No. 15 Rutgers 79-68," 9 Jan. 2021 Alabama played almost the entire game without starting inside linebacker Christian Harris, a Butkus Award semifinalist who appeared to injure his left shoulder on the first play of the game and was ruled out. Mike Rodak |, al, "Instant analysis: Alabama stomps Arkansas, 52-3, for 10th SEC win," 12 Dec. 2020 Mbulito appeared to injure her left shoulder and was wearing a sling on her left arm while watching the second half. Jeff Metcalfe, The Arizona Republic, "ASU women rally from 17-point deficit, take No. 9 UCLA to the wire in narrow loss," 6 Dec. 2020 Worryingly for Klopp, midfielder Naby Keita also limped off early on Sunday after appearing to injure his hamstring. Ben Church, CNN, "Liverpool sets a new club record after victory against Leicester City," 23 Nov. 2020 Couriers have been known to injure their ankles — or become the subject of police calls made by neighbors who mistake them for burglars. New York Times, "Delivery Workers in South Korea Say They’re Dying of ‘Overwork’," 15 Dec. 2020 But on the next play, Garoppolo was sacked, the hit that seemed to re-injure his ankle. Ann Killion,, "49ers’ Kyle Shanahan endures rough play-calling game against Seahawks," 1 Nov. 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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The first known use of injure was in the 15th century

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14 Feb 2021

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“Injure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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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 injure (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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