injure

verb
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

Synonyms

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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No animals or humans were injured during the incident. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "New Jersey Family Captures 'Amazing' Close Encounter with Cheetah on Trip to Serengeti," 17 Sep. 2019 No one was injured, according to a Snohomish County District 7 Facebook post. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "Small bridge collapse in Snohomish County sends truck into river," 17 Sep. 2019 Seven people were severely hurt in collisions involving these devices last year, and two were critically injured. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "Surge of critical injuries on SF’s streets mirrors spike in fatalities," 16 Sep. 2019 Roethlisberger was injured late in the first half of Pittsburgh's 28–26 loss to the Seattle Seahawks and was set to have an MRI on his right elbow to determine the extent of the injury. Scooby Axson, SI.com, "Report: Surgery Decision Looming on Ben Roethlisberger's Injured Elbow," 16 Sep. 2019 No one was injured in the attacks, and Saudi officials said the fires were quickly brought under control. Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times, "Trump says ‘no rush’ to respond to attacks on Saudi oil facilities," 16 Sep. 2019 The start of the game was unaffected by the eruption and no one was injured. Fox News, "Fire erupts on field before game between Colts and Titans in Tennessee," 16 Sep. 2019 Police say a 2-year-old boy critically injured in an 11-story fall from a Maryland apartment building had climbed onto a night stand near an open window and pushed on the screen. baltimoresun.com, "Police: Maryland boy who fell 11 stories had pushed on window screen," 11 Sep. 2019 At least two children on the bus were critically injured and airlifted to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, the spokesman said. NBC News, "School bus driver dead, at least 7 children injured in Mississippi rollover," 10 Sep. 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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More Definitions for injure

injure

verb

English Language Learners Definition of injure

: to harm or damage (someone or something)

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.
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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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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