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

Origin of -ure

< French -ure < Latin -ūra
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suffix forming nouns
  1. indicating act, process, or resultseizure
  2. indicating function or officelegislature; prefecture

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).


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

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