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 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 He’s done it all in the game of basketball and for him to be enshrined in Springfield is so richly deserved. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "Al Attles’ Hall of Fame journey: Stories from his six decades with Warriors," 5 Sep. 2019 All honorees received a Disney Legends sculpture and will have their names and handprints enshrined in Legends Plaza on the Walt Disney Studios lot in Burbank, California. Lauren Huff, EW.com, "Watch live as Robert Downey Jr., Christina Aguilera, and more honored as Disney Legends," 23 Aug. 2019 This week, President Trump proposed a new regulation that would allow the government to indefinitely hold immigrant families, and threatened to revoke birthright citizenship, a fundamental American right enshrined in the Fourteenth Amendment. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "A Penn Law Professor Wants to Make America White Again," 23 Aug. 2019 Opposing conservative forces within the Republican Party must remain united behind the values and principles enshrined in our Declaration of Independence and Constitution. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Incentives Gaylord could receive unknown; TABOR continues to be a hot topic (7/14/19)," 14 July 2019 Of the six coaches whose commemorative benches will be added to those surrounding the statue of Dr. James Naismith outside the museum, Crum is the only one who has already been enshrined inside. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Denny Crum is headed back to the Hall of Fame, and the bench, but not how you'd expect," 8 Aug. 2019 Robinson's induction makes for a half-dozen members of the great Kansas City Chiefs' defense of the 1960s who have been enshrined. Barry Wilner, Houston Chronicle, "Reed, Law, Mawae, Bowlen, Brandt, Robinson enter Hall of Fame," 3 Aug. 2019 The Founders had no memory of a society without bondage and no experience of a world where blackness and degradation had not been conjoined—where white supremacy and black inferiority had not been enshrined in both law and culture. Drew Gilpin Faust, The Atlantic, "Race, History, and Memories of a Virginia Girlhood," 18 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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