plural noun
wound·​ed | \ ˈwün-dəd How to pronounce wounded (audio) \

Definition of wounded

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: wounded persons



Definition of wounded (Entry 2 of 2)

: injured, hurt by, or suffering from a wound a wounded leg wounded feelings

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Verizon bought the wounded long-distance carrier less than two years later. Sadie Gurman, WSJ, "Trump’s Attorney General Pick Earned a Reputation as a Fighter in the Corporate World," 6 Jan. 2019 Palin, in a Monday Facebook post, claimed that Cohen portrayed himself as a wounded U.S. veteran. Evan Real, The Hollywood Reporter, "Sarah Palin Reveals Details of Sacha Baron Cohen Showtime Interview," 13 July 2018 In a video shot Tuesday and released by the Royal Thai Navy on its Facebook page, a medic applies brown disinfectant to the wounded feet of one skinny boy, still wearing his soccer uniform. George Styllis, latimes.com, "Thai boys practicing with diving masks, but it's still too early to attempt evacuation," 4 July 2018 Two of the wounded crew members were taken aboard a nearby cruise ship that responded to the captain’s distress call, and one was pronounced dead by the ship’s doctor. Paulina Dedaj, Fox News, "Man arrested in Virginia, accused of multiple murders, is DACA recipient, source says," 28 Sep. 2018 The wounded service members were in stable condition. Mujib Mashal, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Insider attack’ kills US service member in Afghanistan," 8 July 2018 Every year since 2010, the Department of Defense's Warrior Games bring together wounded service members in a supportive and competitive environment to enhance their recovery and rehabilitation. Jeremy Bradley, CBS News, "This veteran battled back from injury and depression," 1 July 2018 Three of the wounded U.S. service members and the one local fighter who was wounded in the attack were medically evacuated, the Pentagon said. Nancy A. Youssef, WSJ, "U.S. Special-Operations Member Killed in Somalia," 8 June 2018 Three of the four wounded U.S. service members were evacuated to receive additional medical treatment, the military said. Paul Sonne, chicagotribune.com, "U.S. special operations soldier killed, four service members wounded in Somalia attack," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of wounded

Plural noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of wounded

: injured by a weapon
: feeling emotional pain


noun plural

Medical Definition of wounded

: wounded persons

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to boil down or concentrate

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