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  1. Undergraduate Record Examination.
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  1. an abstract-noun suffix of action, result, and instrument, occurring in loanwords from French and Latin: pressure; legislature.
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Origin of -ure

< French -ure < Latin -ūra
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Examples from the Web for ure

Historical Examples of ure

  • "Ure seems to have turned out to be a base 'un," said Jerrold.

    The Jest Book

    Mark Lemon

  • They had a park “six miles in compass,” and the fishing in the Ure.

  • Ure puts the specific gravity at .24 and this is concurred in by Brisbane.

  • Myton is on the Swale, near its junction with the Ure, and so a little east of Boroughbridge.

    The Bruce

    John Barbour

  • This is the view taken by Mr. Ure, of the Andersonian University.

British Dictionary definitions for ure


suffix forming nouns
  1. indicating act, process, or resultseizure
  2. indicating function or officelegislature; prefecture
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Word Origin for -ure

from French, from Latin -ūra
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Word Origin and History for ure


"effect, operation, practice," early 15c., from Old French uevre (13c., Modern French oeuvre), from Latin opera (see opera).

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suffix forming abstract nouns of action, from Old French -ure, from Latin -ura.

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