[ 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
OTHER WORDS FROM inurein·ure·ment, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH inureinhere, inure
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How to use inure in a sentence
He admits inurement to the remedy within certain limits only.
Suffering, like everything else, becomes much more bearable with inurement to it.Psychotherapy|James J. Walsh
Children, on account of their high natural warmth, are the proper subjects for inurement to cold.Aristotle and Ancient Educational Ideals|Thomas Davidson
This may apparently be explained as being based on inurement.
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
Derived forms of inureinuredness 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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