en·​shrine | \ in-ˈshrīn How to pronounce enshrine (audio) , en-, especially Southern -ˈsrīn\
enshrined; enshrining; enshrines

Definition of enshrine

transitive verb

1 : to enclose in or as if in a shrine
2 : to preserve or cherish as sacred

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Other Words from enshrine

enshrinement \ in-​ˈshrīn-​mənt How to pronounce enshrinement (audio) , en-​ \ noun

Examples of enshrine in a Sentence

some teachers tend to enshrine their personal preferences as sacred rules of English grammar

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Yet a federal judge last week divined an exception to this constitutional axiom by enshrining a Barack Obama order walling off 128 million acres of the Arctic and eastern seaboard from oil and gas production. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Entrenching the Obama Presidency," 5 Apr. 2019 Mr Piñera’s new policy will help them, by enshrining their right to stay and to use public services. The Economist, "Chile gives immigrants a wary welcome," 12 Apr. 2018 What’s more, none of the top six saves artists are enshrined (Eckersley ranks seventh with 390). Jeff Sanders, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Trevor's time? Hoffman Hall bid trending up," 15 Jan. 2018 Carolyn Bush Roddy, who starred for Wayland Baptist, rounds out the class that will be enshrined in June. Doug Feinberg, The Seattle Times, "Penicheiro headlines Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame class," 4 Feb. 2019 As a one-inning pitcher for most of his career, Hoffman, with 1,0891/3 career innings, tops only Sutter (1,042) among pitchers already enshrined. Jeff Sanders, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Trevor's time? Hoffman Hall bid trending up," 15 Jan. 2018 Slavery was embraced by political leaders and apparently enshrined in the Constitution’s text. David S. Reynolds, WSJ, "‘No Property in Man’ and ‘The War Before the War’ Review: The Fuse the Founders Lit," 22 Nov. 2018 The first two versions were struck down by federal courts, which argued that the president's statements about instituting a Muslim ban violated federal law and due process protections enshrined in the Constitution. Alan Gomez, USA TODAY, "As hundreds of thousands prepare to rally, here's where things stand on immigration," 29 June 2018 And so this length of cotton, angelic white, remains enshrined in a drawer in my closet, like a fly in amber. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "That’s So ’90s: Vogue Editors Share Their Favorite Fashion Memories From This Year’s Most Trending Decade," 22 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of enshrine

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for enshrine

Middle English

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English Language Learners Definition of enshrine

formal : to remember and protect (someone or something that is valuable, admired, etc.)

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