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English definition of “bruise”

bruise

noun [C]     /bruːz/
B2 a dark area on your skin where you have been hurt : He suffered cuts and bruises after falling off his bike .Skin complaints and blemishes
bruise verb [T] to cause someone or something to have a bruise: [often passive] He was badly bruised in the accident .Skin complaints and blemishes bruising noun [U] He suffered serious bruising in the attack .
(Definition of bruise noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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