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[in-jer] /ˈɪn dʒər/
verb (used with object), injured, injuring.
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.
Origin of injure
1575-85; back formation from injury (noun); replacing injury (v.)
Related forms
injurable, adjective
injurer, noun
quasi-injured, adjective
reinjure, verb (used with object), reinjured, reinjuring.
uninjured, adjective
uninjuring, adjective
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.
1. benefit. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for injure
  • To prevent the problem, avoid overwatering and take care not to injure plants.
  • The commission's findings are being used as a cloak for an economic agenda that will injure lower- and middle-income households.
  • Psychopaths lie without compunction, injure without remorse, and cheat with little fear of detection.
  • It is one thing for a trainer to purposely injure a dog.
  • Angioplasty works well in the short term, but it can injure the artery wall.
  • Previous heart attacks can also leave scars that injure the heart's pacemaking electrical system.
  • In other cases, bullying is harmful and used to injure others physically, emotionally or socially.
  • Medicine has shown us that if you injure your brain in certain regions or components some brain functions maybe affected.
  • It protects people by alerting them to things that might injure them.
  • The curse of these lightweight birds is that they injure all too easily.
British Dictionary definitions for injure


verb (transitive)
to cause physical or mental harm or suffering to; hurt or wound
to offend, esp by an injustice
Derived Forms
injurable, adjective
injured, adjective
injurer, noun
Word Origin
C16: back formation from injury
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Word Origin and History for injure

mid-15c., "do an injustice to, dishonor," probably a back-formation from injury, or else from Middle French injuriier, from Latin injurare. Injury also served as a verb (late 15c.). Related: Injured; injuring.

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