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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injurer \ ˈin-​jər-​ər How to pronounce injurer (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 In recent months, five young men identified by the program have been killed and eight others have been injured in shootings. Jessica Anderson,, "At-risk young men in Baltimore slowly turning to Roca, a program offering skills and means to combat violence," 21 Nov. 2019 One person died and multiple others were injured after a three vehicle crash on Route 24 in Freetown Thursday night, State Police said., "One person died and multiple others were injured after a three vehicle crash on Route 24 in Freetown Thursday night, State Police said.," 15 Nov. 2019 Luke Glendening, a speedy forward and a penalty-killing workhorse, could be available against the Sharks after injuring his left hand Oct. 23. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings are being undermined, and it starts at the bottom," 15 Nov. 2019 One person was killed and several others were injured Thursday during a shooting at a Southern California high school and the student gunman was in custody, authorities said. Stefanie Dazio And John Antczak,, "1 dead, several injured in shooting at a Southern California high school; suspect in custody," 14 Nov. 2019 One student was killed and eight others were injured in an attack on an English class at STEM School Highlands Ranch. Julie Bosman, New York Times, "Here’s a List of School Shootings in 2019," 14 Nov. 2019 According to the Los Angeles Times, two students (a 16-year-old and a 14-year-old) were killed and three others (a 15-year-old and two more 14-year-olds) were injured during the school shooting, which took place the morning of November 14. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "As Saugus High School Shooting Unfolds, Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith Blocks Consideration of a Background-Check Bill," 14 Nov. 2019 Green, who has missed all nine games after injuring his ankle in the first the training camp practice, was confined to the rehab field Wednesday. John Fay,, "Good news for the Cincinnati Bengals: John Ross cleared to practice," 13 Nov. 2019 Freshman forward Isaiah Ihnen could make his debut Tuesday after injuring his right shooting wrist in preseason. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Gophers men’s basketball can’t afford to go cold again against Butler," 11 Nov. 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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27 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Injure.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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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