bruises, bruising, bruised
1) N-COUNT A bruise is an injury which appears as a purple mark on your body, although the skin is not broken.

How did you get that bruise on your cheek?...

She was treated for cuts and bruises.

2) V-ERG If you bruise a part of your body, a bruise appears on it, for example because something hits you. If you bruise easily, bruises appear when something hits you only slightly.

[V n] I had only bruised my knee. [Also V adv/prep]

Derived words:
bruised ADJ-GRADED

I escaped with severely bruised legs.

3) V-ERG If a fruit, vegetable, or plant bruises or is bruised, it is damaged by being handled roughly, making a mark on the skin.

[V n] Choose a warm, dry day to cut them off the plants, being careful not to bruise them.

[V-ed] ...bruised tomatoes and cucumbers...

[V adv] Be sure to store them carefully as they bruise easily. [Also V]

Bruise is also a noun.

...bruises on the fruit's skin.

4) VERB: usu passive If you are bruised by an unpleasant experience, it makes you feel unhappy or upset.

[be V-ed] The government will be severely bruised by yesterday's events...

[be V-ed] Their egos are so easily bruised.

Derived words:
bruising ADJ-GRADED usu ADJ n

The bruising experience of near-bankruptcy has left him chastened.

English dictionary. 2008.

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