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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enshrinement \in-ˈshrīn-mənt, en- \ noun

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

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But pressure also has mounted on the government to rethink, and possibly abandon, a bilateral agreement that for 14 years has enshrined the principle that the U.S. and Canada share similar standards when deciding asylum requests. Vera Haller, latimes.com, "As U.S. hardens its borders, Canada debates whether to do the same or stand up to Trump," 28 June 2018 The House of Representatives gave initial legislative approval early Thursday morning to a bill that would enshrine key elements of the Affordable Care Act into state law. Daniela Altimari, courant.com, "Advocates for Women's Health Laud House Passage of Healthcare Bill," 26 Apr. 2018 This kind of republican value was embedded in American values at the time, so the founders made sure to enshrine it in the Constitution. German Lopez, Vox, "Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens: repeal the 2nd Amendment," 27 Mar. 2018 Boston officials are now considering making the sign a city landmark, an act that would permanently enshrine it as an untouchable part of our landscape. Dave Denison, BostonGlobe.com, "The Citgo sign has a dark side. Should that matter to Boston?," 8 Mar. 2018 But the catchy refrain was enshrined in American pop culture. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Quagga mussels, Eurasian water milfoil, spiny water fleas ... and a catchy tune," 20 June 2018 Just one more state to go for the ERA Many rights are enshrined in the Constitution, but nowhere does our foundational document mention equal rights for women. Lois Kazakoff, SFChronicle.com, "Editorial: Just one more state to go for the ERA," 15 June 2018 The central bank will also stop its partial financing of the fiscal deficit and will have its independence enshrined in law. The Economist, "The IMF hands Mauricio Macri a vote of confidence," 8 June 2018 In Austria, freedom of religion is largely enshrined in the country’s constitution. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Austria is closing 7 mosques and kicking out 60 imams," 8 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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English Language Learners Definition of enshrine

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

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