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).]

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


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  • Inure (also enure) v. 1 trans. (usu. be inured to) accustom (someone) to something, esp. something unpleasant : these children have been inured to violence. 2 intrans. ( enure for/to) Law come into operation; take effect : a release given to one of two joint contractors inures to the benefit of both.

    ORIGIN late Middle English inure, enure, from an Anglo-Norman French phrase meaning ‘in use or practice,’ from en ‘in’ + Old French euvre ‘work’ (from Latin opera).

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    Roy, Arundhati. The God of Small Things. New York: HarperCollins, 1997.

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