inure

[in-yoo r, ih-noo r]
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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.

Nearby words

  1. inundate,
  2. inundation,
  3. inupiaq,
  4. inupik,
  5. inurbane,
  6. inured,
  7. inurn,
  8. inutile,
  9. inutility,
  10. inutterable

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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British Dictionary definitions for inurement

inure

enure

verb

(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
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 inurement

inure

v.

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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