[in-yoo r, ih-noo r]

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.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for inuring

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

Examples from the Web for inuring

Contemporary Examples of inuring

Historical Examples of inuring

  • After inuring them to fatigue, and drilling them thoroughly in the exercises of battle, he commenced his career.

    The Empire of Russia

    John S. C. Abbott

  • Occasional deprivation of food or exposure to cold, was considered a highly efficacious test for inuring them to endurance.

  • It is inuring men to war and filling them with a passionate resolve never to suffer war again.

  • He had used his methods, and they had failed, inuring only to the advantage of Santa Anna and Mexico.

    The Texan Star

    Joseph A. Altsheler

British Dictionary definitions for inuring




(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 inuring



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper