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bruise

noun [C] uk   /bruːz/ us  
B2 an injury or mark where the skin has not been broken but is darker in colour, often as a result of being hit by something: His arms and back were covered in bruises. She had a few cuts and bruises but nothing serious. One or two of the peaches had bruises on them.

bruise

verb [I or T] uk   /bruːz/ us  
to develop a bruise or to cause someone or something to have a bruise: How did you bruise your arm? Bananas and other soft fruits bruise easily.
(Definition of bruise from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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