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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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  • A careless groom might injure it in the hurry and excitement of the night.

    Wenderholme Philip Gilbert Hamerton
  • We are bound in all our visits to bring relief to invalids, and not to injure them.

  • Swear to me that you will not injure the child, or I will not bring it to you.

    The Manchester Rebels of the Fatal '45 William Harrison Ainsworth
  • Any turbidness or impurity in the water will injure the clearness of the sweetmeats.

  • All might be well; and, if it were not, the power of this man to injure us could not be very great.

    Satanstoe James Fenimore Cooper
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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