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

Other Words from enshrine

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

Examples of enshrine in a Sentence

some teachers tend to enshrine their personal preferences as sacred rules of English grammar
Recent Examples on the Web But neither Republican has been willing to break with her leaders and join Democrats in a bid to put an end to the filibuster, leaving Democrats with no path to bringing up a bill to enshrine Roe into federal law. New York Times, 3 May 2022 Their fight to enshrine anti-trans discrimination into law is just as audacious: So far in 2022, more than a dozen states have introduced anti-trans bills, which if passed would work step by step to exclude trans people from the public sphere. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, 17 Feb. 2022 Virginia's new Republican Attorney General ended a legal campaign to get the federal government to recognize the state's ratification of the landmark Equal Rights Amendment, the long-running effort to enshrine women's equality in the Constitution. The Washington Post, Arkansas Online, 20 Feb. 2022 Ken Wissoker has helped to enshrine cultural studies in the American academy. Jennifer Wilson, The New Yorker, 29 Mar. 2022 Lawmakers are trying again this year to enshrine the curtailment of solitary confinement in law. Kelan Lyons, courant.com, 28 Mar. 2022 Indeed, a great dissent can help enshrine a Supreme Court justice’s place in history and public memory. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 17 Feb. 2022 If his position on the rights of the accused won him admirers among civil libertarians, many of those same people were flummoxed by his opposition to laws that would seem, on their face, to enshrine an equally important right, over one’s own death. New York Times, 4 Feb. 2022 But the criticism prompted museum officials to shift gears and decide to enshrine it as a permanent exhibition. New York Times, 21 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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“Enshrine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enshrine. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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