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
Recent Examples on the Web Heinie Manush: The National Baseball Hall of Fame’s Veterans Committee selected the outfielder from Tuscumbia for induction in 1964, making him the first player from Alabama enshrined. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Alabama 200: State’s sports history littered with amazing, memorable moments," 27 Nov. 2019 In addition to Jeter, there’s also a chance that fellow Yankees great — and current Marlins manager Don Mattingly — could be enshrined as well. Wells Dusenbury, sun-sentinel.com, "Derek Jeter doesn’t want to ‘jinx’ his Hall of Fame chances," 26 Nov. 2019 The fear is that such a grouping could push the country leftwards and enshrine more state intervention into the economy/business spheres, making already-skittish foreign investors even more wary of doing business in the country. Time, "What Happens Next in the Chile Protests," 15 Nov. 2019 The system put in place after the 2003 invasion, although crafted by Iraqis and enabled by the Americans, enshrined a system of dividing political power along religious and ethnic lines. Alissa J. Rubin, New York Times, "Iraqis Rise Against a Reviled Occupier: Iran," 4 Nov. 2019 Through this resolution, the House is continuing its duty to serve as a co-equal branch of government as enshrined in our Constitution. Christopher Keating, courant.com, "Rep. Rosa DeLauro: ‘a solemn day for our country’ as House passes impeachment resolution," 31 Oct. 2019 Prior to this current flurry of music, Tobin's last album was released way back in 2011, long before streaming’s primacy was enshrined. Joshua Glazer, Billboard, "Amon Tobin Talks 'Long Stories,' Third of Seven New Albums in 12 Months: 'I Have Faith in the Music'," 23 Oct. 2019 After getting enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August, former Denver cornerback Champ Bailey is now getting inducted as the 33rd player in the Broncos’ Ring of Fame. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Broncos scouting report: How Denver matches up against the Titans and predictions," 11 Oct. 2019 Ever since the biblical prophet Isaiah, enshrined on Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling and in the poetry of William Butler Yeats, burning coal has represented pain’s ability to purify and cleanse. Los Angeles Times, "Review: At LACMA, Betye Saar’s distinctive assemblage art probes American racism," 24 Sep. 2019

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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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13 Dec 2019

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“Enshrine.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enshrine. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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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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