Definition of injury noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɪndʒəri//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪndʒəri//
    (pl. injuries) 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. (British English, informal) Don't do that. You'll do yourself an injury (= hurt yourself). CollocationsInjuriesBeing injured have a fall/​an injury receive/​suffer/​sustain a serious injury/​a hairline fracture/(especially British English) whiplash/​a gunshot wound 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 bruise/​cut/​graze your arm/​knee/​shoulder burn/​scald yourself/​your tongue bang/​bump/​hit/ (informal) bash 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 (especially North American English) a Band-Aid™/(British English) a plaster/​a bandage need/​require/​put in/ (especially British English) have (out)/ (North American English) get (out) stitches put on/​rub on/ (formal) apply cream/​ointment/​lotion have/​receive/​undergo (British English) physiotherapy/(North American English) physical therapy Wordfinderbandage, bleed, bruise, fracture, hurt, injury, plaster, sore, swell, wound See related entries: Injuries
  2. 2[uncountable] (law) damage to a person’s feelings Damages may be awarded for emotional injury.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French injurie, from Latin injuria ‘a wrong’, from in- (expressing negation) + jus, jur- ‘right’.Extra examples Both defenders have been sidelined by injury. Finger injuries should be dealt with immediately. Fortunately, the passengers escaped serious injury. He aggravated a neck injury while playing for Derby County. He has pulled out of the match through injury. He is still being treated for injuries to his legs. He missed most of the season with a spate of injuries. He pulled out with an injury at the last moment. He underwent tests to assess his injuries. He was accused of feigning injury. He was an injury replacement for another player. He went off with an injury in the second half. He went off= off the playing field with an injury in the second half. Her athletics career has been dogged by injury. India had wicketkeeper More back after injury. It adds insult to injury that banks are allowed to increase their charges without our knowledge or consent. McNair continues to play through injury. Please help me before our dogs inflict serious injury on each other! Researchers have determined that heading a football can cause permanent injury. She has failed to shake off her stomach injury. She has replaced him in the team while he nurses a shoulder injury. She is out for six weeks with a hamstring injury. She is out= out of the competition/​team for six weeks with a hamstring injury. She picked up an injury during the quarter-final. She should be back from injury. She slumped to the floor with injuries to her back and neck. She’s unable to play because of injury. Stretching exercises can help avoid injury. The car turned right over, causing severe injury to the driver. The doctor said he would risk serious injury if he were to fall again. The inquest heard that he died from multiple injuries. The knee injury forced him to give up playing at the age of 23. The team has a lot of injury problems. There is a real risk of injury in sports such as climbing. These injuries ended her hopes of becoming a doctor. They scored two goals in injury time. This type of injury could happen to any player at any time. You’ll do yourself an injury riding that old bike. a claim for personal injury a guide to lifting without injury a player on the injury list a step-by-step guide to lifting without injury an injury which robbed him of his speed injuries from the fire injuries resulting from exposure to harmful substances personal injuries arising from negligence A back injury forced him to give up rugby. As a result of the accident, several passengers sustained serious head injuries. Failure to follow the safety instructions may result in injury. She escaped with only minor injuries. Two players are out of the team because of injury.Idioms to make a bad relationship with somebody worse by offending them even more
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