injure

verb
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

Other Words from injure

injurer \ ˈin-​jər-​ər How to pronounce injure (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for injure

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Just four days before their son allegedly opened fire in a school hallway full of students, James Crumbley bought the weapon his son would later use to kill four students and injure six other students and a teacher, prosecutors said. Sonia Moghe, CNN, 16 June 2022 Four of Daniel Defense’s rifles were found in the arsenal used by the gunman to kill 58 people and injure hundreds, in the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. Timothy Bella, Anchorage Daily News, 7 June 2022 Four of Daniel Defense's rifles were found in the arsenal used by the gunman to kill 58 people and injure hundreds in the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. Arkansas Online, 5 June 2022 Four of Daniel Defense's rifles were found in the arsenal used by the gunman to kill 58 people and injure hundreds in the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. Timothy Bella, BostonGlobe.com, 4 June 2022 Four of Daniel Defense’s rifles were found in the arsenal used by the gunman to kill 58 people and injure hundreds in the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. Timothy Bella, Washington Post, 4 June 2022 Celebrities like the television personality Jenny McCarthy, who claimed that her son developed autism after receiving childhood vaccines, helped popularize the idea that vaccines could injure children. New York Times, 25 May 2022 Hyundai is recalling 239,000 cars in the U.S. because the seat belt pretensioners can explode and injure vehicle occupants. CBS News, 24 May 2022 Some oversight is undoubtedly needed to make sure drones don’t fall from the sky and injure or kill people. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, 19 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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26 Jun 2022

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“Injure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/injure. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for injure

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.

injure

transitive verb
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

injure

transitive verb
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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