injure

[in-jer]
verb (used with object), injured, injuring.
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.
3.
to wound or offend: to injure a friend's feelings.

Origin:
1575–85; back formation from injury (noun); replacing injury (v.)

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.
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injure (ˈɪndʒə)
 
vb
1.  to cause physical or mental harm or suffering to; hurt or wound
2.  to offend, esp by an injustice
 
[C16: back formation from injury]
 
'injurable
 
adj
 
'injured
 
adj
 
'injurer
 
n

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injure
1580s, a back formation from injury; earlier, injury served as a verb (late 15c.).
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Example sentences
If your employee is injured on the job, take action right away.
He became injured soon afterwards, and retired from the game.
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