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 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 This comes after the House approved the Equality Act last week, a bill that would enshrine legal protections for LGBTQ Americans. Grace Segers, CBS News, "House Democrats charge ahead with progressive bills likely to stall Senate," 3 Mar. 2021 The government will soon introduce legislation in Parliament to enshrine the agency in law, aiming to give it more permanence than pet political projects sometimes enjoy. Cathleen O’grady, Science | AAAS, "New U.K. funding agency would tackle innovative research," 19 Feb. 2021 The bill would enshrine into law Biden’s moratorium on drilling in Alaska’s ANWR, which the president issued after the Trump administration conducted a lease sale that received paltry interest just before inauguration. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: Manchin skeptical of Democrats’ push to pass Biden’s 2035 climate target without Republicans," 5 Feb. 2021 The Uluru Statement From the Heart was a 2017 call from Indigenous Australians that the government enshrine a First Nations voice in the Constitution. New York Times, "Australia Tweaks Anthem to Recognize Indigenous History," 31 Dec. 2020 In 2018, Michigan voters approved a constitutional amendment to enshrine the right to a statewide audit of the election results. Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press, "Citing state audit, judge denies request for separate Wayne County election audit," 9 Dec. 2020 On the campaign trail last year, President-elect Joe Biden declared that his top legislative priority would be the Equality Act, which would enshrine LGBTQ protections against discrimination into the nation’s labor and civil rights laws. Steven P. Dinkin, San Diego Union-Tribune, "No shortage of priorities as civil rights take center stage," 6 Dec. 2020 The council has the opportunity to enshrine two new worker protections in law over the opposition of business groups. Fenit Nirappil, Washington Post, "D.C. Council braces for brawls over business regulation, policing as bill deadline looms," 30 Nov. 2020 Trump's reckless approach has seeped down to his Republican counterparts, who have blocked a resolution to enshrine a mask mandate into the chamber's rules, Dermody said. Marc Levy, Star Tribune, "No course correction for state Republicans after Trump test," 3 Oct. 2020

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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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6 Mar 2021

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“Enshrine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enshrine. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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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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