inure

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verb in·ure \i-ˈnu̇r, -ˈnyu̇r\

Definition of inure

inured

inuring

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to accustom to accept something undesirable <children inured to violence>

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to become of advantage <policies that inure to the benefit of employees>

inurement

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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>

Origin and Etymology of inure

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


First Known Use: 15th century


INURE Defined for English Language Learners

inure

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verb in·ure \i-ˈnu̇r, -ˈnyu̇r\

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

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

Legal Definition of inure

inured

inuring

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



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