[ in-yoor, ih-noor ]
/ ɪnˈyʊər, ɪˈnʊər /
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verb (used with object), in·ured, in·ur·ing.

to accustom to hardship, difficulty, pain, etc.; toughen or harden; habituate (usually followed by to): inured to cold.

verb (used without object), in·ured, in·ur·ing.

to come into use; take or have effect.
to become beneficial or advantageous.



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Also en·ure [en-yoor, -oor] /ɛnˈyʊər, -ˈʊər/ .

Origin of inure

First recorded in 1480–90; verb use of phrase in ure, en ure “in use, customary,” from Anglo-French en ure “in use, at work,” equivalent to en in + ure (from Latin opera, plural of opus ) “work”; compare French oeuvre
in·ur·ed·ness [in-yoor-id-nis, ih-noor-, in-yoord-, ih-noord-], /ɪnˈyʊər ɪd nɪs, ɪˈnʊər-, ɪnˈyʊərd-, ɪˈnʊərd-/, nounin·ure·ment, nounun·in·ured, adjective
inhere, inure
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British Dictionary definitions for inure



/ (ɪˈnjʊə) /


(tr; often passive often foll by to) to cause to accept or become hardened to; habituate
(intr) (esp of a law, etc) to come into operation; take effect
inuredness or enuredness (ɪˈnjʊərɪdnɪs), nouninurement or enurement, noun
C15 enuren to accustom, from ure use, from Old French euvre custom, work, from Latin opera works, plural of opus
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