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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What’s really on the line is a chance to be enshrined in one that doesn’t exist yet. Sam Walker, WSJ, "Why Superstars Make Lousy Bosses," 20 Oct. 2018 But how to enshrine DACA protections into law is a nettlesome issue. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "Paul Ryan scrambles to calm GOP insurrection over immigration," 2 Oct. 2018 Owens, 44, is part of the eight-man 2018 HOF class that will be enshrined Aug. 4 in Canton, Ohio. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Terrell Owens theatrically announces football comeback ... to a Madden video game cover," 25 May 2018 With more than two dozen novels to his name — many of which were made into films and even a coming television series — Roth was one of the few living writers to be enshrined in the Library of America. Tina Jordan And Susan Ellingwood, New York Times, "A Philip Roth Reader," 23 May 2018 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

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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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