inure

verb in·ure \ i-ˈnu̇r , -ˈnyu̇r \
variants: or less commonly play \i-ˈnu̇r, -ˈnyu̇r, e-\

Definition of inure

inured; inuring
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

inurement

play \i-ˈnu̇r-mənt, -ˈnyu̇r\ noun

Examples of inure in a Sentence

  1. Does violence on television inure children to violence in real life?

  2. the hardship of army training inured her to the rigors of desert warfare

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Origin and Etymology of 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


INURE Defined for English Language Learners

inure

verb

Definition of inure for English Language Learners

  • : to cause (someone) to be less affected by something unpleasant : to cause (someone) to be less sensitive to something unpleasant


Law Dictionary

inure

intransitive verb in·ure \ i-ˈnu̇r, -ˈnyu̇r \

legal Definition of inure

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


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