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verb (used with object), in·terred, in·ter·ring.
  1. to place (a dead body) in a grave or tomb; bury.
  2. Obsolete. to put into the earth.
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Origin of inter

1275–1325; Middle English enteren < Middle French enterrer, probably < Vulgar Latin *interrāre, derivative of terra earth; see in-2
Related formsre·in·ter, verb (used with object), re·in·terred, re·in·ter·ring.un·in·terred, adjective
Can be confusedenter inter
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verb -ters, -terring or -terred
  1. (tr) to place (a body) in the earth; bury, esp with funeral rites
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French enterrer, from Latin in- ² + terra earth
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Word Origin and History for reinterred



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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