from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive 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).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive 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.
- intransitive v. To pass into use; to take or have effect; to be applied; to serve to the use or benefit of.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. cause to accept or become hardened to; habituate
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)
From in- + ure. See also the variant form enure. (Wiktionary)