in·​ure | \ i-ˈnu̇r How to pronounce inure (audio) , -ˈnyu̇r \
variants: or less commonly \ i-​ˈnu̇r How to pronounce inure (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 inure (audio) , -​ˈnyu̇r \ noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web The fact that Crow is the one prosecuting our unpopular president in Colorado will only inure to his benefit in November. Doug Friednash, The Denver Post, 31 Jan. 2020 The mob is in front of the courthouse because we are inured to the unspoken reality that the Court is innately political. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, 5 Mar. 2020 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, 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, 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, 11 Feb. 2020 If Americans aren't afraid of the flu, perhaps that's because they are inured to yearly warnings. oregonlive, 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, 10 Jan. 2020 Mosallam remembered he was surprised by those comments, thinking Saban had inured himself to that reality. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, 31 Dec. 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 19 Jun. 2021.

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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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