Use the word "injure" when someone gets hurt. You can use it for accidents, intentional harm, or a situation that results in decreased opportunities.
- I injured myself while riding my bike.
- Sheila injured her knee while climbing a hill.
- The bird injured its wing.
- Donna was injured in the accident. (This sentence is in the passive voice.)
- Many people have injured themselves while using this product, so it was taken off the shelves.
- Several people were injured in the car accident.
- Louis injured his chances of getting a new job because he had a really bad interview.
You can use the past participle, "injured," as an adjective to describe people or animals:
- The injured victims of the earthquake sought medical help at the local hospital.
- An injured lion could be heard roaring in the distance.
The noun form of this word is "injury."
- He’s still suffering from an injury to his arm.
- There were many injuries reported after the tornado hit.
- A broken hip is a common injury among elderly people.
Click here to go to the Word of the Day page.
This page was first published on June 22, 2012.