1. injure the underlying soft tissue or bone of

    Synonyms : contuse
    Type Of : injure, wound
    Examples :
    • I bruised my knee
  2. hurt the feelings of

    Synonyms : hurt, injure, offend, spite, wound
    Type Of : fire, arouse, elicit, enkindle, evoke, kindle, provoke, raise
    Examples :
    • This remark really bruised my ego
  3. an injury that doesn't break the skin but results in some discoloration

    Synonyms : contusion
    Type Of : injury, harm, hurt, trauma
  4. break up into small pieces for food preparation

    Type Of : crush
    Examples :
    • bruise the berries with a wooden spoon and strain them
  5. damage (plant tissue) by abrasion or pressure

    Type Of : damage
    Examples :
    • The customer bruised the strawberries by squeezing them