em·​bow·​er | \ im-ˈbau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce embower (audio) \
embowered; embowering; embowers

Definition of embower

transitive verb

: to shelter or enclose in or as if in a bower like a rose embowered in its own green leaves— P. B. Shelley

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Examples of embower in a Sentence

over the years grapevines have completely embowered the summerhouse in the garden

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Lush tree canopies embower the houses in greenery and create a park-like landscape that draws together the different styles. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, "'The Power of Preservation': Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin on why historic preservation matters in Wilmette," 3 June 2019 This tiny room is embowered with floral tributes, fruit offerings, et cetera. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "Gray Foy, a Master Precisionist Who Presided Over Legendary Salons, Gets a Turn in the Spotlight," 16 Nov. 2018 Lucy brought her own touch to Bryan’s rambling country house in the Sussex countryside, embowered in magical gardens created by Clough Williams-Ellis in the years following the First World War. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Remembers Lucy Birley, Who Has Died at 58," 25 July 2018 Once way out in the woods, reached only by wagon road from Seattle, today Denny Park is the only place left in the neighborhood where the public can enjoy such an intact canopy of big trees embowering open ground. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "Once a cemetery, Denny Park — Seattle’s oldest — gets a modern makeover," 21 May 2017

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First Known Use of embower

1580, in the meaning defined above

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