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

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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 During the past two decades, chimp attacks on villagers’ children, killing or injuring them, have terrified communities. David Quammen, National Geographic, "‘I am scared all the time’: Chimps and people are clashing in rural Uganda," 8 Nov. 2019 According to the Tampa Bay Times, 50-year-old Helen Mention is now facing DUI manslaughter charges after she and the child were injured in the crash near Tampa. Ricky Pinela, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida woman faces DUI manslaughter charges after I-4 crash killed grandchild sitting on lap: report," 6 Nov. 2019 The woman, Kate Cohen, testified at a City Council meeting that neither she nor her baby was seriously injured. Patrick Mcgeehan, New York Times, "Riding While Drunk and Other Dangers of the Electric Scooter Craze," 6 Nov. 2019 After producing two points his first nine games (he was injured the first two games of the season), Athanasiou has four points over the past five games. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings destroyed, Jimmy Howard pulled in soft 2nd period of 6-1 loss," 5 Nov. 2019 Perry had been injured in a knife fight, and later he’d been arrested for shoplifting at a dollar store in the neighborhood in early July. Joe Sexton, ProPublica, "Journalism That Holds Power to Account," 3 Nov. 2019 She was critically injured and taken to Stroger Hospital. Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, "Chicago teen charged in suspected gang shooting that injured girl who was trick-or-treating," 2 Nov. 2019 Company co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky tweeted the announcement shortly after the Contra Costa County sheriff’s department reported that a fifth person injured in the shooting had died. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Airbnb announces “party house” crackdown after deadly shooting," 2 Nov. 2019 Fortunately, neither humans nor horses were injured. Wired, "Why Did Oklahoma’s Sooner Schooner Tip Over?," 23 Oct. 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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13 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Injure.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/injuring. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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More Definitions for injure

injure

verb
How to pronounce injure (audio)

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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