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verb [transitive]     injure pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participleinjuring
past tenseinjured
past participleinjured
  1. 1
    [often passive] to hurt someone and cause damage to their body

    Nine people died and 54 were injured in the accident.

    be seriously/ badly/severely injured:

    They were treated for shock but no one was seriously injured.

    1. a.
      to do something that damages part of your body

      He injured his back in Tuesday’s game, and will be unable to play tomorrow.

  2. 2
    formal to cause harm to someone or something

    lies that might injure his reputation



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