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[in-yoo r, ih-noo r]
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verb (used with object), in·ured, in·ur·ing.
  1. to accustom to hardship, difficulty, pain, etc.; toughen or harden; habituate (usually followed by to): inured to cold.
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verb (used without object), in·ured, in·ur·ing.
  1. to come into use; take or have effect.
  2. to become beneficial or advantageous.
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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 formsin·ur·ed·ness [in-yoo r-id-nis, ih-noo r-, in-yoo rd-, ih-noo rd-] /ɪnˈyʊər ɪd nɪs, ɪˈnʊər-, ɪnˈyʊərd-, ɪˈnʊərd-/, nounin·ure·ment, nounun·in·ured, adjective
Can be confusedinhere inure
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Related Words for inure

familiarize, season, acclimate, harden, train, habituate, toughen

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Historical Examples of inure

  • 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.

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


    Jane Austen

British Dictionary definitions for inure



  1. (tr; often passive often foll by to) to cause to accept or become hardened to; habituate
  2. (intr) (esp of a law, etc) to come into operation; take effect
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Derived Formsinuredness or enuredness (ɪˈnjʊərɪdnɪs), nouninurement or enurement, noun

Word Origin for inure

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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