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

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So who voted to strip women of their reproductive freedom, a right that has been enshrined in our law at the national level since 1973? Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "These Are the 25 Men Who Voted for the Most Restrictive Abortion Ban in America," 15 May 2019 The ephemera, the scraps, are enshrined with the big stuff, the arguments, declarations, and discoveries, our conversations flattened into one years-long instant message chat. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Delete Your Account," 10 Feb. 2019 When Brazile and Owens are enshrined on Aug. 4 at the induction ceremony in Canton, Ohio, 15 players from Alabama high schools and colleges will have busts in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. AL.com, "Check out Alabama's new Pro Football Hall of Fame lineup," 3 Feb. 2018 Part 1 was a concession to immigration activists that would give 1.8 million young immigrants a path to citizenship, effectively restoring and expanding Mr. Obama’s DACA program by enshrining it into law. Michael D. Shear And Peter Baker, New York Times, "Trump’s Speech Leaves Two Sides Further Apart Than Ever on Immigration," 31 Jan. 2018 All those sluggers with more homers than McGriff are enshrined except for Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro and Ken Griffey Jr. McGwire was the only one of the three retired. Scott Boeck, USA TODAY, "Hall of Fame countdown: Fred McGriff, a model of consistency, dwarfed by offensive era," 12 Jan. 2018 The majority of athletes and entertainers are neither enshrined in museums nor resigned to infamy. Kenny Herzog, Esquire, "Kenny Aronoff is the Most Famous Drummer You've Never Heard Of," 9 Dec. 2015 The class of 2018 will be enshrined during Hall of Fame festivities Sept. 6-8 in Springfield, Mass. Keith Pompey, Philly.com, "Report: Maurice Cheeks elected to Hall of Fame," 29 Mar. 2018 Republicans defended the moves as a way to enshrine the legacy of outgoing Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who lost his bid for a third term in November. Erica Snow, WSJ, "Wisconsin GOP Lawmakers Work to Restrict Incoming Democratic Governor," 3 Dec. 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

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

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to take the place or position of

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