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verb American English pronunciation: bruise /bruz/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theybruise
he/she/itbruises
present participlebruising
past tensebruised
past participlebruised

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    [transitive] [usually passive] to harm someone's reputation or confidence

    A spokesperson said the star had been bruised by the unfair reports in the press last week.

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