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[in-yoo r, ih-noo r]
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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Examples from the Web for inurement

Historical Examples of inurement

  • This may apparently be explained as being based on inurement.

    Prof. Koch's Method to Cure Tuberculosis Popularly Treated

    Max Birnbaum

  • Children, on account of their high natural warmth, are the proper subjects for inurement to cold.

  • Suffering, like everything else, becomes much more bearable with inurement to it.


    James J. Walsh

British Dictionary definitions for inurement



  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 inurement



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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