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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That led to a federation with India, whose special status was enshrined in Article 370 of the Indian Constitution. Jeffrey Gettleman And, BostonGlobe.com, "India faces criticism over its move to revoke Kashmiri autonomy," 6 Aug. 2019 In the United States, this raison d’etre has been elevated above any other consideration and enshrined in securities law. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "Putting Ethics on Par With Shareholder Value: CEO Daily," 30 July 2019 For almost three decades Ethiopia’s federal structure – enshrined in the country’s 1994 constitution – has been defended by the ruling coalition, the Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front. Yohannes Gedamu, Quartz Africa, "The underlying tension behind Ethiopia’s flawed federal system and its risks," 26 June 2019 So much of what is enshrined in the iconic 1983 graffiti documentary Style Wars cannot be found in the urban landscape today. Daisy Alioto, The New Republic, "How Graffiti Became Gentrified," 19 June 2019 The strike is the first of its kind since 1991, when a similar protest saw some 500,000 women demonstrate against continued gender inequality across all sectors of life, 10 years after gender equality was enshrined in the country's constitution. Kara Fox, CNN, "Women across Switzerland are striking for equal pay," 14 June 2019 Social media platforms are eager to retain the safe harbor protections enshrined in Section 230. Tarleton Gillespie, WIRED, "How Social Networks Set the Limits of What We Can Say Online," 26 June 2018 Among other things, the measure would limit short-term plans to 90 days in Illinois and maintain all the consumer protections already enshrined in state law. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, "The fine print of those short-term health plans favored by Trump: Don't get sick on a weekend," 26 Apr. 2018 New York’s 9-GW target was recently enshrined in state law, following in the steps of New Jersey (3.5 GW) and Massachusetts (3.2 GW). Benjamin Storrow, Scientific American, "Major U.S. Offshore Wind Projects Still Face Hurdles," 22 July 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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English Language Learners Definition of enshrine

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

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