inure


inure
verb /ɪˈnjʊə,ɪˈnjɔː,ɪˈnjʊɹ/
a) To cause (someone) to become accustomed (to something); to habituate.

To none of these evidences of a fearful tragedy of a long dead day did little Tarzan give but passing heed. His wild jungle life had inured him to the sight of dead and dying animals, and had he known that he was looking upon the remains of his own father and mother he would have been no more greatly moved.

b) To take effect, to be operative.

As Tom Paine warned, inuring us to lies lays the groundwork for many other evils.


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  • inure — in·ure /i nu̇r, nyu̇r/ vi in·ured, in·ur·ing: to become of advantage usu. used in the phrase inure to the benefit of Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. inure …   Law dictionary

  • Inure — In*ure , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Inured}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Inuring}.] [From pref. in in + ure use, work. See {Ure} use, practice, {Opera}, and cf. {Manure}.] To apply in use; to train; to discipline; to use or accustom till use gives little or no… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Inure — In*ure , v. i. To pass into use; to take or have effect; to be applied; to serve to the use or benefit of; as, a gift of lands inures to the heirs. [Written also {enure}.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • inure — (v.) early 15c., in ure in practice, from obsolete ure work, practice, exercise, use, probably from O.Fr. uevre, oeuvre work, from L. opera (see OPUS (Cf. opus)). Related: Inured; inuring …   Etymology dictionary

  • inure — *habituate, accustom, addict Analogous words: *adapt, adjust, accommodate …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • inure — [v] accustom acclimate, familiarize, habituate, harden, make ready, season, toughen, train; concepts 15,38 …   New thesaurus

  • inure — ► VERB (usu. be inured to) ▪ accustom to something, especially something unpleasant. ORIGIN from an Old French phrase meaning in use or practice …   English terms dictionary

  • inure — [in yoor′, i noor′] vt. inured, inuring [ME (in pp. enured) < in ure, in practice < in, in + ure, practice, work < OFr eure, ovre < L opera, work: see OPERA1] to make accustomed to something difficult, painful, etc.; habituate vi. to… …   English World dictionary

  • inure — v. (formal) (d; tr.) to inure to (to inure smb. to hardship; inured to danger) * * * [ɪ njʊə] (formal) (d; tr.) to inure to (to inure smb. to hardship; inured to danger) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • inure — in|ure [ıˈnjuə US ıˈnjur] v inure to [inure sb to sth] phr v [Date: 1400 1500; Origin: ure usual practice (15 18 centuries), from Old French uevre work, practice , from Latin opera works ] to make someone become used to something unpleasant, so… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • inure — /ənˈjuə / (say uhn yoohuh), /ɪn / (say in ) verb (i) (inured, inuring) 1. to come into use; take or have effect. –phrase 2. inure to, to toughen or harden (someone) to by exercise; accustom to; habituate to: to inure a person to danger. Also,… …   Australian English dictionary