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[in-yoo r, ih-noo r] /ɪnˈyʊər, ɪˈnʊər/
verb (used with object), inured, inuring.
to accustom to hardship, difficulty, pain, etc.; toughen or harden; habituate (usually followed by to):
inured to cold.
verb (used without object), inured, inuring.
to come into use; take or have effect.
to become beneficial or advantageous.
Also, enure.
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
[in-yoo r-id-nis, ih-noo r-, in-yoo rd-, ih-noo rd-] /ɪnˈyʊər ɪd nɪs, ɪˈnʊər-, ɪnˈyʊərd-, ɪˈnʊərd-/ (Show IPA),
inurement, noun
uninured, adjective
Can be confused
inhere, inure. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for inured
  • Some critics believe investors have become inured to the hefty payouts.
  • The full professors turn a callous eye toward this grieving process, having many years ago become inured to such losses.
  • Most people are inured to authoritarian rule as a fact of life.
  • In the past, many aid organizations have focused their recruiting efforts on finding staff perceived to be inured to hardship.
  • The pictures may shock when first viewed, but the shock definitely wears off and people become inured to it.
  • Of late auction houses have become somewhat inured to seeing their wares fall shy of the mark.
  • They were ready to accept a difficult transition and were inured to a certain level of violence.
  • The guilty, then, either sought pain out or were inured to it.
  • Apparently inured to the crackle of gunfire, tenants of the building did not report the killings until nine hours later.
  • Television viewers have become inured to accounts of the agonies of war, but a few incidents do stand out.
British Dictionary definitions for inured


(transitive; often passive) often foll by to. to cause to accept or become hardened to; habituate
(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 inured



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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