Meaning of “injure” in the English Dictionary

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"injure" in British English

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injureverb [ T ]

uk /ˈɪn.dʒər/ us /ˈɪn.dʒɚ/

B1 to hurt or cause physical harm to a person or animal:

A bomb exploded at the embassy, injuring several people.
She fell and injured her shoulder.
He was badly injured in the crash.
He claimed that working too hard was injuring his health.

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  • The troops bombarded the city, killing and injuring hundreds.
  • If you don't warm up before taking exercise, you risk injuring yourself.
  • They were only slightly injured in the crash.
  • I fell down the stairs and injured my back.
  • He had injured his left hand and was typing one-handed.

(Definition of “injure” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"injure" in American English

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injureverb [ T ]

us /ˈɪn·dʒər/

to hurt a living creature, esp. to cause physical harm to someone:

The bus careened out of control, injuring several people.

(Definition of “injure” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"injure" in Business English

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injureverb [ T ]

uk /ˈɪndʒər/ us

to harm someone or yourself:

Part of the roof collapsed, seriously injuring six employees.
be badly/critically/seriously injured The insurance pays out if you have been seriously injured at work.

to do damage to a business or its reputation:

The market leader claims it has been injured by false advertising.

(Definition of “injure” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)