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[in-yoo r, ih-noo r] /ɪnˈyʊər, ɪˈnʊər/
verb (used with object), inured, inuring.
to accustom to hardship, difficulty, pain, etc.; toughen or harden; habituate (usually followed by to):
inured to cold.
verb (used without object), inured, inuring.
to come into use; take or have effect.
to become beneficial or advantageous.
Also, enure.
Origin of inure
1480-90; v. use of phrase in ure, en ure in use, customary < Anglo-French en ure in use, at work, equivalent to en in + ure < Latin opera, plural of opus work; compare French oeuvre
Related forms
[in-yoo r-id-nis, ih-noo r-, in-yoo rd-, ih-noo rd-] /ɪnˈyʊər ɪd nɪs, ɪˈnʊər-, ɪnˈyʊərd-, ɪˈnʊərd-/ (Show IPA),
inurement, noun
uninured, adjective
Can be confused
inhere, inure. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for inure
Historical Examples
  • He's going to live on deck to inure himself to the rigours of the Arctic climate.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service
  • Uice where lawe is not to correcte, will inure itUice as a lawe by cu- stome.

  • They expect the folly of its leaders to inure to the benefit of the Whigs.

  • The better to inure him to it, he was never allowed to be sober for a moment.

    Pretty Michal Mr Jkai
  • She found, however, that it was one to which she must inure herself.

    Persuasion Jane Austen
  • "To inure you to the disappointments of life," responded Alick oracularly.

    Lucy Raymond Agnes Maule Machar
  • Chiefly to make your muscles hard, to inure you to pain, to teach you self-reliance.

    Paradise Garden George Gibbs
  • These little skirmishes seem trifling, but they serve to inure our men, and harden them to danger.

    Abigail Adams and Her Times

    Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards
  • inure them to the air early and continually, and they will have less colds and snuffles than if you confined them within doors.

    The Funny Side of Physic A. D. Crabtre
  • And if you desire at any time to inure yourself to labor and endurance, do it to yourself and not unto the world.

British Dictionary definitions for inure


(transitive; often passive) often foll by to. to cause to accept or become hardened to; habituate
(intransitive) (esp of a law, etc) to come into operation; take effect
Derived Forms
inuredness, enuredness (ɪˈnjʊərɪdnɪs) noun
inurement, enurement, noun
Word Origin
C15 enuren to accustom, from ure use, from Old French euvre custom, work, from Latin opera works, plural of opus
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Word Origin and History for inure

early 15c., in ure "in practice," from obsolete ure "work, practice, exercise, use," probably from Old French uevre, oeuvre "work," from Latin opera (see opus). Related: Inured; inuring.

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