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

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Does violence on television inure children to violence in real life? the hardship of army training inured her to the rigors of desert warfare
Recent Examples on the Web Yet four or five blocks from the fighting, the group of men reacted to their captivity with placid resolve, inured to war’s chaos. Martin Kuz, The Christian Science Monitor, "Living in a war zone: What it teaches about surviving a pandemic," 29 Apr. 2020 Far from being inured to such chicanery, the vast majority of Illinoisans still see corruption as a big deal and want their politicians to model themselves after Honest Abe rather than Al Capone. Brad Weisenstein, National Review, "Blagojevich’s Release Is a Chance to Tackle Corruption in Illinois," 25 Feb. 2020 City dwellers are inured to the violence on the evening news, but an unexplained disappearance in a place that’s supposed to be a safe retreat? Eva Holland, Outside Online, "Two Books Explore the Horror of Murder in the Outdoors," 11 Feb. 2020 If Americans aren't afraid of the flu, perhaps that's because they are inured to yearly warnings. oregonlive, "Something far deadlier than the coronavirus lurks near you," 25 Jan. 2020 Foxx, a wonderful actor who too often finds himself in one-dimensional action roles, gives a powerhouse performance as a McMillan mostly inured to any sense of hope, expressing anguish only in brief gasps and sighs. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Strength of Just Mercy Is Also Its Weakness," 10 Jan. 2020 Mosallam remembered he was surprised by those comments, thinking Saban had inured himself to that reality. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football's shadow once was annoying enough to drive Nick Saban away," 31 Dec. 2019 However, Bloomberg has used his wealth in a way that could ultimately inure to his benefit. Doug Friednash, The Denver Post, "Friednash: Bloomberg, the richer, other New Yorker, could beat Trump," 20 Dec. 2019 To players who grew inured to playing deep into June, the next set of challenges might seem exciting. Connor Letourneau,, "A new era: With Kevin Durant gone, Warriors adjust expectations," 1 July 2019

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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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“Inure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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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