en·​tomb | \ in-ˈtüm How to pronounce entomb (audio) , en- \
entombed; entombing; entombs

Definition of entomb

transitive verb

1 : to deposit in or as if in a tomb : bury
2 : to serve as a tomb for

Other Words from entomb

entombment \ in-​ˈtüm-​mənt How to pronounce entomb (audio) , en-​ \ noun

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Examples of entomb in a Sentence

a number of Boston's historic notables are entombed in the Old Granary Burying Ground
Recent Examples on the Web The firefighters eventually used Portland cement to entomb the smoldering ruins. Merrill Goozner, The New Republic, 28 Oct. 2021 For Palestinians in Gaza, watching their neighborhoods collapse and pillars of smoke entomb their homes, the suffering is only deepening. Washington Post, 14 May 2021 After the water in their environment dries up, the minerals are left behind and entomb those microbes, forming stromatolites. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 3 Mar. 2021 Similar concrete pads are often used to entomb nuclear waste. Jon Gambrell, Star Tribune, 25 Feb. 2021 Cemeteries rejected those they were meant to entomb. Hisham Melhem, The Atlantic, 22 Nov. 2020 The site northwest of Las Vegas was first proposed in the 1980s to entomb 77,000 tons of the nation’s most highly radioactive spent nuclear fuel. The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 Oct. 2020 While some of the necropolis’ residents were entombed in single-occupancy sarcophagi, others were crowded into large rooms such as the one where the leopard sarcophagus was found. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Mar. 2020 Scientists have found an ancient submarine forest of bald cypress trees entombed in Mobile Bay off the coast of Alabama. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 4 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of entomb

1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for entomb

Middle English entoumben, from Middle French entomber, from en- + tombe tomb

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2 Nov 2021

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“Entomb.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entomb. Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of entomb

: to place (someone or something) in a tomb


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