American English

Definition of injury noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (pl. injuries)
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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] harm done to a person's or an animal's body, for example in an accident serious injury/injuries minor injuries to sustain injuries/an injury to escape injury The passengers escaped with only minor injuries. injury (to somebody/something) injury to the head a head injury Two players are out of the team because of injury. There were no injuries in the crash (= no people injured). No damage or injuries were reported.
  2. 2[uncountable] (law) damage to a person's feelings Damages may be awarded for emotional injury.
  3. Idioms
    add insult to injury
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    to make a bad relationship with someone worse by offending them even more
Topic CollocationsInjuriesbeing injured have a fall/an injury receive/suffer/sustain a serious injury/a hairline fracture/a gunshot wound/a concussion/whiplash injuries hurt/injure your ankle/back/leg damage the brain/an ankle ligament/your liver/the optic nerve/the skin pull/strain/tear a hamstring/ligament/muscle/tendon sprain/twist your ankle/wrist break a bone/your collarbone/your leg/three ribs fracture/crack your skull break/chip/knock out/lose a tooth burst/perforate your eardrum dislocate your finger/hip/jaw/shoulder/elbow bruise/cut/graze your arm/knee/shoulder burn/scald yourself/your tongue bang/bump/hit your elbow/head/knee (on/against something)treating injuries treat somebody for burns/a head injury/a stab wound examine/clean/dress/bandage/treat a bullet wound repair a damaged/torn ligament/tendon/cartilage amputate/cut off an arm/a finger/a foot/a leg/a limb put on (formal) apply/take off a Band-Aid™/a sterile dressing/a bandage need/require/put in/get/take out stitches put on/rub on (formal) apply cream/ointment/lotion have/receive/undergo physical therapy
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: injury