The Closing Word: Inure

The Closing Word: InureThis week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it.

This week’s closing word:


Pronounced: (in-YOOR)

cause to accept or become hardened to; habituate

From “Although the Latin roots of inure mean “in work,” it may be easier to think of “in use” when you see inure. Got new shoes that give you blisters? When they are “in use” long enough, your feet will become inured to the spots that rub, and while you may have calluses, you will not be in pain. You can be inured to more abstract things too. When weathermen constantly play up the next big snowstorm or blizzard, you become inured to it and stop paying attention to them.”

“With time, agents become inured to the routine but annoying request to reduce their commission.”


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