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inure

[in-yoo r, ih-noo r] /ɪnˈyʊər, ɪˈnʊər/
verb (used with object), inured, inuring.
1.
to accustom to hardship, difficulty, pain, etc.; toughen or harden; habituate (usually followed by to):
inured to cold.
verb (used without object), inured, inuring.
2.
to come into use; take or have effect.
3.
to become beneficial or advantageous.
Also, enure.
Origin
1480-1490
1480-90; v. use of phrase in ure, en ure in use, customary < Anglo-French en ure in use, at work, equivalent to en in + ure < Latin opera, plural of opus work; compare French oeuvre
Related forms
inuredness
[in-yoo r-id-nis, ih-noo r-, in-yoo rd-, ih-noo rd-] /ɪnˈyʊər ɪd nɪs, ɪˈnʊər-, ɪnˈyʊərd-, ɪˈnʊərd-/ (Show IPA),
noun
inurement, noun
uninured, adjective
Can be confused
inhere, inure.
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Examples from the web for inure
  • One option for dealing with this is to tighten our borders and inure ourselves to the exiles' cries for help.
  • The income or benefit from the operation must not inure to any individual or private shareholder, directly or indirectly.
  • Said successor employing unit hereby requests that such experience record inure to his benefit.
  • No part of the net proceeds can inure to the benefit of any private shareholder or member of the permittee.
  • The successor employing unit hereby requests that such experience record inure to its benefit.
  • No part of an organization's net earnings may inure to the benefit of an insider.
British Dictionary definitions for inure

inure

/ɪˈnjʊə/
verb
1.
(transitive; often passive) often foll by to. to cause to accept or become hardened to; habituate
2.
(intransitive) (esp of a law, etc) to come into operation; take effect
Derived Forms
inuredness, enuredness (ɪˈnjʊərɪdnɪs) noun
inurement, enurement, noun
Word Origin
C15 enuren to accustom, from ure use, from Old French euvre custom, work, from Latin opera works, plural of opus
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Word Origin and History for inure
v.

early 15c., in ure "in practice," from obsolete ure "work, practice, exercise, use," probably from Old French uevre, oeuvre "work," from Latin opera (see opus). Related: Inured; inuring.

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