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an abstract-noun suffix of action, result, and instrument, occurring in loanwords from French and Latin:
pressure; legislature.
Origin of -ure
< French -ure < Latin -ūra Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for -ure


indicating act, process, or result: seizure
indicating function or office: legislature, prefecture
Word Origin
from French, from Latin -ūra
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Word Origin and History for -ure

suffix forming abstract nouns of action, from Old French -ure, from Latin -ura.

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