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entomb

[en-toom]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to place in a tomb; bury; inter.
  2. to serve as a tomb for: Florentine churches entomb many great men.
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Also intomb.

Origin of entomb

1425–75; late Middle English entoumben < Middle French entomber. See en-1, tomb
Related formsen·tomb·ment, nounun·en·tombed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for entomb

Historical Examples

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for entomb

entomb

verb (tr)
  1. to place in or as if in a tomb; bury; inter
  2. to serve as a tomb for
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Derived Formsentombment, noun
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Word Origin and History for entomb

v.

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

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