from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To habituate to something undesirable, especially by prolonged subjection; accustom.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To pass into use; to take or have effect; to be applied; to serve to the use or benefit of.
  • transitive verb 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb cause to accept or become hardened to; habituate


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, back-formation from enured, customary, from in ure : in, in; see in + ure, use (from Old French euvre, uevre, work, from Latin opera, activity associated with work; see op- in Indo-European roots).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From in- +‎ ure. See also the variant form enure.



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