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verb     bruise pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlebruising
past tensebruised
past participlebruised
  1. 1
    [transitive] to cause a mark to appear on someone’s body by hitting or knocking it

    She bruised her leg when she fell.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] if you bruise easily, marks appear on your body when you are hit or knocked without a lot of force
  2. 2
    [transitive] to damage a piece of fruit and cause a soft brown area to appear on its surface
    1. a.
      [intransitive] if fruit bruises easily, it can easily become damaged
  3. 3
    [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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     bruised pronunciation in American English
/bruzd/ adjective
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