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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from entomb

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for entomb


bury, hearse, inhume, inter, lay, put away, tomb


disinter, exhume, unearth

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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 bombs damaged, and in some cases totally destroyed, several of the streets and buildings archaeologists had already unearthed from the thick layer of ash that entombed the city. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Unexploded World War II bombs may still be buried at Pompeii," 8 July 2019 The massive Runit Dome, on Runit Island, is where the U.S. entombed radioactive waste four decades ago from nuclear tests in the Marshall Islands. Susanne Rust, Los Angeles Times, "Radiation in parts of the Marshall Islands is far higher than Chernobyl, study says," 15 July 2019 An Oregon man's life savings almost ended up entombed in a California landfill. Fox News, "Oregon man reunited with nearly $23G discovered in shoe box at recycling sorting facility in California," 5 Aug. 2019 Frances Farmer died at the age of 56 after a battle with esophageal cancer and is entombed at Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens in Fishers, within the first level of Our Lady of Miraculous Medal Chapel mausoleum. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "Dillinger, Dean and more: 12 famous graves in Indiana," 7 Aug. 2019 Within the mausoleum, there is a crypt for families who have lost an infant or had a stillborn child, to entomb their children at no cost. Alexandra Desanctis, National Review, "The Church Challenging Washington State’s One-Size-Fits-All Abortion Requirement," 10 July 2019 They were carbonized in the aftermath of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, entombed underground for more than a millennium and discovered 267 years ago — the pages of papyrus fused together like rings of an oak. Washington Post, "How do you read ancient scrolls too brittle to unfurl? An American scientist may have an answer.," 2 July 2019 How is that going to get into a marine environment to entomb a living, moving cephalopod? Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "This ancient sea creature fossilized in tree resin. How'd that happen?," 13 May 2019 Thirty-five years ago, three young men from wealthy families kidnapped a bus full of 26 schoolchildren and their driver in this San Joaquin Valley community and entombed them in a rock quarry. Scott Harrison, latimes.com, "From the Archives: The 1976 Chowchilla bus kidnapping," 15 July 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'entomb.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about entomb

Dictionary Entries near entomb








Statistics for entomb

Last Updated

7 Oct 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for entomb

The first known use of entomb was in 1565

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for entomb



English Language Learners Definition of entomb

: to place (someone or something) in a tomb

More from Merriam-Webster on entomb

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with entomb

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for entomb

Comments on entomb

What made you want to look up entomb? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a topic to which one constantly reverts

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Where in the World? A Quiz

  • peter bruegel tower of babel painting
  • What language does pajama come from?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!