enshrine

verb
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
Recent Examples on the Web Much like our country’s founding principles that enshrine the separation of church and state, medical ethics must recognize the boundaries between church and medicine. Sarah C. Hull, STAT, "Not so conscientious objection: When can doctors refuse to treat?," 8 Nov. 2019 The wording of the Bank of England Act 1998, which enshrines the operational independence of the central bank, leaves plenty of room for change. The Economist, "A Labour government would radically transform Britain," 30 Oct. 2019 This reflects the core meaning of the establishment clause, which enshrines the separation of church and state. Jeffrey Toobin, The New Yorker, "William Barr’s Wild Misreading of the First Amendment," 18 Oct. 2019 After Saddam's fall in 2003, Washington ensured Iraq's new constitution enshrined that autonomous zone. Bassem Mroue, chicagotribune.com, "Who are the Kurds, and what’s their history with the United States?," 8 Oct. 2019 After Saddam’s fall in 2003, Washington ensured Iraq’s new constitution enshrined that autonomous zone. Washington Post, "For Kurds, US pull-back feels like being abandoned once more," 8 Oct. 2019 After Saddam’s fall in 2003, Washington ensured Iraq’s new constitution enshrined that autonomous zone. San Diego Union-Tribune, "For Kurds, US pull-back feels like being abandoned once more," 7 Oct. 2019 After Saddam’s fall in 2003, Washington ensured Iraq’s new constitution enshrined that autonomous zone. Bassem Mroue, The Denver Post, "Explainer: For Kurds, U.S. pull-back feels like being abandoned once more," 7 Oct. 2019 Among those post-merger (1970) guards and centers with more Pro Bowl appearances, seven have yet to be enshrined. Nat Newell, Indianapolis Star, "Which of the Colts' 8 nominees will make the Pro Football Hall of Fame?," 13 Sep. 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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15 Nov 2019

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The first known use of enshrine was in the 14th century

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enshrine

verb
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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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