1

indurate

play
adjective in·du·rate \ˈin-də-rət, -dyə-; in-ˈdu̇r-ət, -ˈdyu̇r-\

Definition of indurate

  1. :  physically or morally hardened

indurate was our Word of the Day on 05/14/2017. Hear the podcast!

Examples of indurate in a Sentence

  1. an indurate heart that admits no love or mercy

Did You Know?

Indurate is a hard word - in more than one way. Not only is it fairly uncommon in modern usage, but it also can be traced back to Latin durare, meaning "to harden." ("Durare" can mean "to endure" as well, and appropriately indurate is a word that has lasted many years - it has been a part of the English language since the 14th century.) "Durare" is also the root of other durable English words, including "during," "endure," "duration," "durance" (an archaic word meaning "endurance"), and even "durable" itself. In addition, "indurate" can be a verb meaning "to make or grow hard," "to make unfeeling, stubborn, or obdurate," and "to establish firmly."

First Known Use of indurate

14th century


2

indurate

play
verb in·du·rate \ˈin-də-ˌrāt, -dyə-\

Definition of indurate

indurated

;

indurating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make unfeeling, stubborn, or obdurate

  3. 2 :  to make hardy :  inure

  4. 3 :  to make hard great heat indurates clay

  5. 4 :  to establish firmly :  confirm

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 :  to grow hard :  harden

  8. 2 :  to become established

Examples of indurate in a Sentence

  1. clay that had been indurated by long exposure to the summer sun

  2. such a brutal upbringing could only callous his soul and indurate his heart to the suffering of others

Origin and Etymology of indurate

Latin induratus, past participle of indurare, from in- + durare to harden, from durus hard — more at during



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up indurate? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

lacking social experience or grace

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Emoji Quiz

  • emoji-the-quiz
  • What phase of the moon is this: 🌖 ?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!