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[in-tur] /ɪnˈtɜr/
verb (used with object), interred, interring.
to place (a dead body) in a grave or tomb; bury.
Obsolete. to put into the earth.
Origin of inter
1275-1325; Middle English enteren < Middle French enterrer, probably < Vulgar Latin *interrāre, derivative of terra earth; see in-2
Related forms
reinter, verb (used with object), reinterred, reinterring.
uninterred, adjective
Can be confused
enter, inter. Unabridged
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verb -ters, -terring, -terred
(transitive) to place (a body) in the earth; bury, esp with funeral rites
Word Origin
C14: from Old French enterrer, from Latin in-² + terra earth
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c.1300, from Old French enterer (11c.), from Medieval Latin interrare "put in the earth, bury," from Latin in- "in" (see in- (2)) + terra "earth" (see terrain). Related: Interred; interring.

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