in·​ure | \ i-ˈnu̇r How to pronounce inure (audio) , -ˈnyu̇r\
variants: or less commonly \ i-​ˈnu̇r How to pronounce enure (audio) , -​ˈnyu̇r , e-​ \
inured; inuring

Definition of inure

transitive verb

: to accustom to accept something undesirable children inured to violence

intransitive verb

: to become of advantage policies that inure to the benefit of employees

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Other Words from inure

inurement \ i-​ˈnu̇r-​mənt How to pronounce inurement (audio) , -​ˈnyu̇r \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for inure


fortify, harden, indurate, season, steel, strengthen, toughen



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Examples of inure in a Sentence

Does violence on television inure children to violence in real life? the hardship of army training inured her to the rigors of desert warfare

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Boston sports teams’ embarrassment of riches and trophies don’t inure us from dejection or disappointment. Globe Staff,, "To many, the Bruins’ loss is a rebalancing of the sports universe," 15 June 2019 Three years after the massacre at the Pulse nightclub, the community gathers to honor the victims, the inured and the first responders. Todd Stewart,, "Watch live: Pulse remembrance event," 12 June 2019 The long-time Tennessee whiskey purveyor noted that its strong brand portfolio and investment inured it from the cost of the tariffs. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "Tariffs are weighing down Jack Daniel’s," 5 June 2019 Meanwhile, the dollar’s steady rise has stalled in recent weeks, with strategists suggesting that investors are becoming inured to the trade fight. David Hodari, WSJ, "U.S. Stocks Shrug Off New Tariffs to Post Gains," 18 Sep. 2018 While popular among a public inured to corruption at all levels, the drive has been criticized outside China as trampling on the legal system since it is spearheaded by the ruling party’s internal disciplinary body rather than state prosecutors. Christopher Bodeen, The Seattle Times, "China party expels general who killed self, indicts another," 16 Oct. 2018 As the Government concedes, that access will inure right away to the benefit of AT&T’s current video distribution subscribers. Nilay Patel, The Verge, "The court’s decision to let AT&T and Time Warner merge is ridiculously bad," 15 June 2018 Vaulting a few women of color to the top gives the beauty standard a progressive sheen that helps inure it from criticism. Amanda Hess, New York Times, "‘I Feel Pretty’ and the Rise of Beauty-Standard Denialism," 23 Apr. 2018 Soccer is now too scientific, too professional, too driven by the quantifiable for the actions of fans to count for anything, ran one strand of logic: The players are deaf to the jeers, inured to intimidation. Rory Smith, New York Times, "In Blur of Smoke, Jeers and Then Goals, Liverpool Humbles Manchester City at Anfield," 4 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of inure

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for inure

Middle English enuren, from in ure customary, from putten in ure to use, put into practice, partial translation of Anglo-French mettre en ovre, en uevre

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English Language Learners Definition of inure

formal : to cause (someone) to be less affected by something unpleasant : to cause (someone) to be less sensitive to something unpleasant
in·​ure | \ i-ˈnu̇r, -ˈnyu̇r How to pronounce inure (audio) \
inured; inuring

Legal Definition of inure

: to become of advantage usually used in the phrase inure to the benefit of

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to take the place or position of

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