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[ in-jer ]

verb (used with object)

, in·jured, in·jur·ing.
  1. to do or cause harm of any kind to; damage; hurt; impair:

    to injure one's hand.

    Synonyms: mar, break, ruin, spoil

    Antonyms: benefit

  2. to do wrong or injustice to.

    Synonyms: abuse, maltreat

  3. to wound or offend:

    to injure a friend's feelings.


/ ˈɪndʒə /


  1. to cause physical or mental harm or suffering to; hurt or wound
  2. to offend, esp by an injustice
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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Derived Forms

  • ˈinjured, adjective
  • ˈinjurable, adjective
  • ˈinjurer, noun
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Other Words From

  • injur·a·ble adjective
  • injur·er noun
  • quasi-injured adjective
  • re·injure verb (used with object) reinjured reinjuring
  • un·injured adjective
  • un·injur·ing adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of injure1

1575–85; back formation from injury (noun); replacing injury (verb)
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Word History and Origins

Origin of injure1

C16: back formation from injury
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Synonym Study

Injure, impair mean to harm or damage something. Injure is a general term referring to any kind or degree of damage: to injure one's spine; to injure one's reputation. To impair is to make imperfect in any way, often with a suggestion of progressive deterioration and of permanency in the result: One's health is impaired by overwork.
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Example Sentences

San Diego’s rainstorms are only going to become more intense and less predictable, like a bad relationship putting further strain on its already injured state.

According to police, the driver of the Impala was sitting in his vehicle when it was hit and was not injured.

The accident resulted in two children being injured, including one with life-threatening injuries.

It included every kind of professional they could think of who comes in contact with sick or injured people besides the obvious doctors and paramedics, etc.

Injuries are an unfortunate and all-too-common reality faced by runners—up to 75 percent of all runners are injured each year.

The al Qaeda-linked gunmen shot back, but only managed to injure one officer before they were taken out.

Even a relatively small 250-pound bomb could kill or injure friendly troops who are within 650 feet of the explosion.

Beijing, famously, launched a coordinated and sustained attack against Google a half decade ago to injure its business in China.

The children in these stories then went on to injure themselves by falling off of old bridges or cutting themselves.

Not mentioned in the video: Firearms kill or injure 10,000 American children each year.

How many in Melbourne injure wealth and brain, I leave to more skilled and morose critics.

His expression said plainly that he would tear in a thousand pieces anything that dared to injure a hair of her head.

The League Oracle admits that "a repeal would injure the farmer, but not so much as he fears."

It looks, too, as if you were afraid to trust her, and thought she would injure the furniture.

It should always be erected on dry ground, rather than upon moist, so that no dampness may arise and injure the leaves in curing.





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