[ in-jer ]
/ ˈɪn dʒər /
verb (used with object), in·jured, in·jur·ing.
to do or cause harm of any kind to; damage; hurt; impair: to injure one's hand.
to do wrong or injustice to.
to wound or offend: to injure a friend's feelings.
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Origin of injure
1575–85; back formation from injury (noun); replacing injury (v.)
SYNONYMS FOR injure
1 spoil, ruin, break, mar. 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.
2 maltreat, abuse.
ANTONYMS FOR injure
OTHER WORDS FROM injure
in·jur·a·ble, adjectivein·jur·er, nounqua·si-in·jured, adjectivere·in·jure, verb (used with object), re·in·jured, re·in·jur·ing.
un·in·jured, adjectiveun·in·jur·ing, adjective
Words nearby injure
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British Dictionary definitions for reinjure
/ (ˈɪndʒə) /
to cause physical or mental harm or suffering to; hurt or wound
to offend, esp by an injustice
Derived forms of injureinjurable, adjectiveinjured, adjectiveinjurer, noun
Word Origin for injure
C16: back formation from injury
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