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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He and Officer Winston Hunt were seriously injured on June 30, 2017 when fleeing homicide suspects barreled into their patrol cruiser. Carol Robinson |, al, "Birmingham officer shot multiple times released after 45 days in the hospital," 31 Aug. 2019 Fourth-round pick Austin Bryant is a candidate to go injured reserve, either at today's 4 p.m. roster deadline or later this week if the Lions decide to carry him on their initial 53-man roster. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions 2019 late draft picks Isaac Nauta, P.J. Johnson among cuts," 31 Aug. 2019 Never had a serious injury or broken bone (knock on wood) Amann said she's surprised that out of all of her years pounding on the floor and flipping on the balance beam in gymnastics she didn't get injured. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "7 fun facts about Taylor Amann, the Hartland native competing in the national finals of 'American Ninja Warrior'," 29 Aug. 2019 Javier Jimenez, who was employed by a contractor for Disneyland, was inside an 8- to 10-foot-deep trench in a backstage area outside the park installing chiller lines for an HVAC system shortly after 3 a.m. when he was injured, said Sgt. Los Angeles Times, "Worker at Disneyland dies after being struck by metal panel," 29 Aug. 2019 He and Justin Ellis are the two true nose tackles, and Ellis is injured. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "These Raiders sit firmly on the roster bubble ahead of final preseason game at Seattle," 29 Aug. 2019 He's murdered after he's pushed into the river by Alex while he's injured. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Here's How Season 3 Ended for Every Character in "13 Reasons Why"," 28 Aug. 2019 Skip to main content Authorities say one person is dead and another injured following a shooting at a Mormon church on Sunday in Nevada. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "Mormon church clarifies gun policy: No lethal weapons on church property," 27 Aug. 2019 Cunningham, who split time last year with Pass, injured his knee early in fall camp and returned to practice last week. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "Jawon Pass named Louisville football's starting quarterback," 26 Aug. 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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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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