Meaning of “wound” in the English Dictionary

"wound" in British English

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woundnoun [ C ]

uk /wuːnd/ us /wuːnd/

wound noun [ C ] (INJURY)

B2 a damaged area of the body, such as a cut or hole in the skin or flesh made by a weapon:

a gunshot wound
a chest/leg wound
a flesh wound (= one that is not deep)
He died from multiple stab wounds to the neck and upper body.

More examples

  • The wounds were gradually healing (up).
  • He had several nasty open wounds.
  • Her head wounds needed 50 stitches.
  • Clean and dress the wound immediately.
  • Bandage the wound to reduce the risk of infection.

woundverb [ T usually passive ]

uk /wuːnd/ us /wuːnd/

wound verb [ T usually passive ] (INJURE)

B2 to damage an area of the body, especially by making a cut or hole in the skin:

Flying glass wounded her in the face and neck.
The police chief was badly wounded in the explosion.

More examples

  • Several soldiers were wounded in the return of fire.
  • He was charged with malicious wounding.
  • The shot was only intended to wound the attacker.
  • Many of the victims were wounded by shrapnel.
  • One of the climbers was wounded by falling rocks.


uk /waʊnd/ us /waʊnd/

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

"wound" in American English

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us /wɑʊnd/

wound (WIND)

past simple and past participle of wind

woundnoun [ C ]

us /wund/

wound noun [ C ] (INJURY)

a hurt or injury to the body, such as a cut or tear in the skin or flesh:

a puncture wound
He had a deep wound in his arm and had lost a lot of blood.

woundverb [ T ]

us /wund/

wound verb [ T ] (HURT FEELINGS)

to hurt the feelings of someone; upset:

He totally ignored her, and she was deeply wounded.

wound verb [ T ] (INJURE)

to hurt or injure the body, as with a cut or tear in the skin or flesh:

Several people were wounded by falling rocks.

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