woundwound1 /wuːnd/ ●●○ noun [countable]1MIINJUREan injury to your body that is made by a weapon such as a knife or a bulletA nurse cleaned and bandaged the wound.It took several months for his wounds to heal.suffer/receive a woundSeveral of the victims suffered severe stab wounds.head/leg etc woundHe was treated in hospital for head wounds.stab/knife/gunshot woundHe died of gunshot wounds.The doctor said it was only a flesh wound (=one that does not cut the skin very deeply).a gaping wound (=one that is wide and open) on his thigh► see thesaurus at injury2UPSETa feeling of emotional or mentalpain that you get when someone says or does something unpleasant to youIt will take much longer for the mental wounds to heal.3 →open old wounds → lick your woundsat lick1(6), → rub salt into the woundat rub1(6)COLLOCATIONSADJECTIVES/NOUN + wound serious/severe/badHe was taken to Broomfield Hospital with serious head wounds.deepSurgeons had to put three stitches in a deep wound in his shoulder.minorHis wounds, luckily, were minor.a head/leg etc woundThe victim died of chest wounds.a stab/knife woundHer body was found with 37 stab wounds at her home in William Street.a gunshot/bullet woundDeaths from gunshot wounds have soared in this part of London.a war woundHe walked with a limp, the result of an old war wound.a flesh wound (=one that does not injure bones or parts inside the body)It’s only a flesh wound and will heal in ten days or so.an open wound (=one where the skin has not yet healed)Sports players should not continue to play with open wounds.a gaping wound (=one that is wide and open)Blood spurted from his gaping wounds.the entry/exit wound (=where a bullet enters or leaves someone’s body)The exit wound was only slightly larger than the entry wound.verbssuffer/receive a woundThe victim had suffered multiple wounds to his back and stomach.inflict a woundThese fish can inflict serious wounds.dress a wound (=clean it and cover it with cloth)The nurse dressed my wound.clean/bathe a woundShe finished cleaning the wound and began bandaging the arm.a wound healsThe wound is healing nicely.
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wound• The war left many veterans with deep emotional wounds.• He died 27 October 1942 from woundsreceived the previous day in battle.• He died of a singlegunshotwound to the left side of his head.• gunshot wounds• These deadsheep had only puncturewounds.• Ainslie, 56, sufferedshrapnelwounds to his legs.• Barratt was taken to the hospital with stabwounds to his chest and neck.• I knew that something had been damaged between us, but nothing about how to heal the wound.• The wound was deep and needed eighteen stitches.• After having been in the dumps about my personal life, I was hoping to leave those woundsbehind.• Doleovercame both ruralpoverty and, even more remarkably, war wounds that might have killed a lesser person.wounds ... heal• She could return to the place of warmth, where all wounds would be healed.• Ultimately, order is restored and wounds are healed.• Peggy Monroe was young and her wounds had healed over.• In aquariumconditions such attempts are usually doomed to failuredue to bacteria attacking the severedportions before the wounds heal.• Bush said, for the agony to end, for the wounds to be healed.• When they were injured, their wounds failed to heal.• But it seems their wounds will never heal.• A plasticsurgeon said no decision would be made on whether they needed reconstructivesurgery until their wounds healed.wounds ... heal• She could return to the place of warmth, where all wounds would be healed.• Ultimately, order is restored and wounds are healed.• Peggy Monroe was young and her wounds had healed over.• In aquarium conditions such attempts are usually doomed to failure due to bacteria attacking the severed portions before the wounds heal.• Bush said, for the agony to end, for the wounds to be healed.• When they were injured, their wounds failed to heal.• But it seems their wounds will never heal.• A plastic surgeon said no decision would be made on whether they needed reconstructive surgery until their wounds healed.woundwound2 ●●○W3 verb [transitive]1SCINJUREto injure someone with a knife, gun etcGunmen killed two people and wounded six others in an attack today.be badly/seriously/critically etc woundedFive people were killed and many others were seriously wounded in the attack.be mortally/fatally wounded (=be wounded so badly that you die)► see thesaurus at hurt2UPSETto make someone feel unhappy or upsetSYN hurtI was deeply wounded by his comments.He made some very wounding remarks.COLLOCATIONSadverbsbe badly/seriously woundedHer husband was seriously wounded in the attack.be critically wounded (=be so badly wounded that you might die)He was critically wounded in the attack.be mortally/fatally woundedOn that same day, he was mortally wounded by an assassin.be slightly woundedTwo people were shot and slightly wounded.→ See Verb table
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wound• Two boys were on trial for wounding a sixteen-year-old girl with a revolver.• The bullet wounded him in the shoulder.• Policemanaged to wound one of the hijackers.• a woundingremarkbe badly/seriously/critically etc wounded• A dozen people were seriously wounded.• In the shoot-out one Klansman was killed, and five others were seriously wounded.• Although most of the ships had been hit, only two pilotswere seriously wounded and had to be evacuated.• Her husband, Pedro Castro Tojín, was seriously wounded in the attack.• Mr Inaki Esnaola, another of Herri Batasuna's four deputies-elect, was seriously wounded in the attack.• Dozens of others were seriously wounded or left permanently disabled.woundwound3 /waʊnd/x-refthe pasttense and past participle of wind2Originwound2Old Englishwund