enshrine

verb
en·​shrine | \ in-ˈshrīn, 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 , 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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But the First Amendment has never enshrined a right to harassment and intimidation. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Judge rejects neo-Nazi’s First Amendment argument in harassment case," 15 Nov. 2018 Authored by two Democrats and two Republicans, the bill would enshrine into law a Justice Department guideline that a special counsel can’t be fired without cause. Natalie Andrews, WSJ, "Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Blocks Vote on Bill That Would Protect Mueller," 14 Nov. 2018 Meanwhile, Massachusetts enshrined transgender rights. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "A Pep Talk for Democrats: It's OK. We Won.," 7 Nov. 2018 And in another jab at the beverage industry, the initiative would enshrine in the California Constitution the right of local governments to impose soda taxes. Shelby Grad, latimes.com, "Essential California: How the L.A. sheriff's race is making history," 3 July 2018 No wonder the Soviet authorities more or less enshrined the hill’s status as sacred. Washington Post, "Volgograd provides the proper perspective at World Cup," 20 June 2018 No wonder the Soviet authorities more or less enshrined the hill's status as sacred. Pan Pylas, chicagotribune.com, "Volgograd, the city once called Stalingrad, provides the proper perspective at World Cup," 20 June 2018 Its conclusions could have enshrined alcohol as part of a healthy diet. Roni Caryn Rabin, New York Times, "Major Study of Drinking Will Be Shut Down," 15 June 2018 Once enshrined, individuals will be permanently memorialized at the physical home of the Cincinnati Tennis Hall of Fame, which is at the Carl & Edyth Lindner Family Tennis Pavilion, Lunken Airport Playfield. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "New quintet to enter Cincinnati Tennis Hall of Fame," 15 June 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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enshield

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enshroud

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enshrine

verb

English Language Learners Definition of enshrine

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

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