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[en-toom] /ɛnˈtum/
verb (used with object)
to place in a tomb; bury; inter.
to serve as a tomb for:
Florentine churches entomb many great men.
Also, intomb.
Origin of entomb
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English entoumben < Middle French entomber. See en-1, tomb
Related forms
entombment, noun
unentombed, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for entomb
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  • entomb him in silence and he'll be a body of death and corruption in two weeks.

    The Thunders of Silence Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
  • Bury may be used of any object, entomb and inter only of a dead body.

    English Synonyms and Antonyms James Champlin Fernald
  • To collect them was the first duty of his descendants and followers, and then to entomb them.

  • Seemingly Wanderslore was fated to entomb one by one all my discarded possessions.

    Memoirs of a Midget Walter de la Mare
  • See the black Prison Ship's expanding womb Impested thousands, quick and dead, entomb.

    The Columbiad Joel Barlow
  • Thee the dogs shall rend Dishonorably, and the fowls of air, But all Achaia's host shall him entomb.

  • It knows how to do it as well as bees know how to ventilate the hive, or how to seal up or entomb the grub of an invading moth.

    The Breath of Life John Burroughs
  • I thought of the graves more hopeless fur than them that entomb the dead,—the graves where lay the livin' dead.

    Sweet Cicely Josiah Allen's Wife: Marietta Holley
British Dictionary definitions for entomb


verb (transitive)
to place in or as if in a tomb; bury; inter
to serve as a tomb for
Derived Forms
entombment, noun
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Word Origin and History for entomb

1570s, from Old French entomber "place in a tomb," from en- "in" (see en- (1)) + tombe "tomb" (see tomb). Related: Entombed; entombing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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