[ in-jer ]
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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.

  2. to do wrong or injustice to.

  1. to wound or offend: to injure a friend's feelings.

Origin of injure

1575–85; back formation from injury (noun); replacing injury (verb)

synonym study For injure

1. 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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Other words from injure

  • in·jur·a·ble, adjective
  • in·jur·er, noun
  • quasi-injured, adjective
  • re·in·jure, verb (used with object), re·in·jured, re·in·jur·ing.
  • un·in·jured, adjective
  • un·in·jur·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use injure in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for injure


/ (ˈɪndʒə) /

  1. to cause physical or mental harm or suffering to; hurt or wound

  2. to offend, esp by an injustice

Origin of injure

C16: back formation from injury

Derived forms of injure

  • injurable, adjective
  • injured, adjective
  • injurer, noun

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