American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To habituate to something undesirable, especially by prolonged subjection; accustom: "Though the food became no more palatable, he soon became sufficiently inured to it” ( John Barth).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To establish by use; put into exercise or act; insure.
- To use; adapt; qualify; practise; exercise; ply.
- To toughen or harden by exercise; deaden the sensibility of; accustom; habituate: followed by to.
- To pass in use; take or have effect; be applied; become available or serviceable: as, the land will inure to the heirs, or to the benefit of the heirs.
- In law, to devolve as a right. It is commonly used of a devolution by law not intended by the parties: as, if the holder of a lease with covenant for renewal assigns it, and afterward gets a renewal to himself, the renewal inures to the benefit of the assignee.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To apply in use; to train; to discipline; to use or accustom till use gives little or no pain or inconvenience; to harden; to habituate; to practice habitually.
- v. To pass into use; to take or have effect; to be applied; to serve to the use or benefit of.
- v. cause to accept or become hardened to; habituate.
- From in- + ure. See also the variant form enure. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, back-formation from enured, customary, from in ure : in, in; see in1 + ure, use (from Old French euvre, uevre, work, from Latin opera, activity associated with work; see op- in Indo-European roots). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“He also expressed “increasing doubts regarding the benefits which would inure to the West.””
“Subject to the foregoing limitation, this Agreement will be binding upon, inure to the benefit of and be enforceable by the parties and their respective successors and assigns.”
“It could specify that time in the United States under this visa would not inure towards time for cancellation of removal.”
“But his love of Apple's creativity, which he happily extols, and Jobs' entrepreneurial ingenuity, which he salutes, don't inure him to its dark side.”
“The church denies this characterisation and "vigorously objects to the suggestion that Church funds inure to the private benefit of Mr Miscavige.”
“The document that they received when they bought the timeshare states that the timeshare "benefits and obligations hereunder shall inure to and be binding upon the heirs, executors, administrators, successors and assigns" of my parents.”
“I agree that the foregoing agreements are binding on me, and that such agreements shall inure to the benefits of HuffPost, its affiliates and their respective Representatives.”
“Beat reporters can inure their subjects into expecting fawning treatment from journalists, and then freelancers can come in and actually break big stories.”
“Beat reporters can, by their constant presence, inure their subjects into expecting fawning treatment from journalists, and then freelancers can come in behind and actually break big stories that people actually care about.”
“His schooling did not inure Ruggles from the misadventures of youth, and he went through a wild period in his early teenage years.”
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