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 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 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 Some protesters threw bricks and splashed unidentified liquid at officers, injuring at least four members of the police media liaison team, police said. Fox News, "Hong Kong police fire tear gas, water canon as pro-democracy supporters protest new China law," 25 May 2020 On May 5 and 6, troops clashed on the banks of the lake, leaving scores of soldiers on both sides injured. Sudhi Ranjan Sen,, "India and China on High Alert Over Rising Border Tensions," 24 May 2020 Vallejo Police are investigating a parking-lot shooting that left a woman dead and a teenage boy critically injured Friday evening. Rachel Swan,, "Shooting leaves woman dead, teenager critically injured in Vallejo," 23 May 2020 Several homes were damaged in Midland, but no one has been injured or killed. CBS News, "Residents, businesses sue Michigan dam operator over ruinous flooding," 22 May 2020 McClure surrendered a leadoff single to Ron Jackson in the ninth, and manager Harvey Kuenn summoned the 6-4, 230-pound rookie Ladd to fill the shoes of injured Rollie Fingers as closer. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "50 in 50: Cecil Cooper's single gives the Brewers their only American League pennant," 20 May 2020 Police responded to a call about a man injured in the road about 2:30 a.m. in the 1200 block of Darlene Lane, near South Collins Street and East Pioneer Parkway. Dallas News, "Man killed in likely hit-and-run, Arlington police say," 13 May 2020 The car skidded into an embankment, but the driver was not injured. Colleen Shalby, Los Angeles Times, "Two bears were fatally hit by cars on the same freeway within 24 hours," 8 May 2020 That leak, at a Union Carbide pesticide plant, left nearly 4,000 dead and another 500,000 injured. New York Times, "Gas Leak in India at LG Factory Kills 7 and Sickens Hundreds," 7 May 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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28 May 2020

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“Injure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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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