Definition of injure in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɪndʒə/


1 [with object] Do physical harm or damage to (someone): the explosion injured several people
More example sentences
  • Although the explosion created extensive damage, nobody was injured in the blast.
  • He had not injured anyone or caused damage, the ministry said on Friday.
  • I will not intentionally injure you or harm you in any long-lasting way.
hurt, wound, harm, damage, disable;
maim, mutilate, deform, mangle, crush, shatter, smash, break, do mischief to
British informal knacker
archaic scathe
1.1Suffer physical harm or damage to (a part of one’s body): he injured his back helping the girl
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  • Adolescent girl athletes are as much as eight times more likely to injure their knee's anterior cruciate ligament than their male counterparts.
  • He had missed the two previous matches against Great Britain after injuring ribs earlier in the tournament, but he announced his return in spectacular style with a display rich in poise, precision and purpose.
  • Beginners should steer clear of the campus board until they have built up hand strength - otherwise they risk injuring tendons in their fingers.
2Harm or impair (something): a libel calculated to injure the company’s reputation
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  • Nobody has a right to use them in a way that will diminish or injure their use and enjoyment by others.
  • We do so out of the conviction that scholars of the world are a community and that harm to the academic freedom of some in that community injures the entire community.
  • In other words, it means simply that in the performance of a contract both parties are assumed to agree not to do anything to impede its performance, or to injure the right of the other to receive its benefit.
harm, damage, impair, undermine, diminish, impede, weaken, enfeeble;
have a bad effect on, have a negative effect on, do harm to
rare vitiate
damage, mar, spoil, ruin, blight, blemish, besmirch, tarnish, blacken
2.1 archaic Do injustice or wrong to (someone).
Example sentences
  • One of the basic concepts of tort law is that if someone is injured by the wrong of another, then there's a right to be made whole in court.
  • They stand up as if personally insulted, personally wronged, personally injured.
wrong, do an injury to, do an injustice to, offend against, be detrimental to;
abuse, maltreat, mistreat, ill-treat, treat badly, ill-use
informal do the dirty on



Example sentences
  • In fact, to the extent liability is based on negligence - that is, if you injure someone through sheer accident, having taken all precautions, you pay nothing - injurers pay too little.
  • Shouldn't such a pledge be made before the injured, not injurers?
  • The whole point of negligence law is to provide society with a vocabulary through which victims can confront their injurers which does not demand proof of criminal conduct.


Late Middle English: back-formation from injury.

Words that rhyme with injure

cringer, ginger, impinger, infringer, ninja, whinger, winger

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