en·​tomb | \in-ˈtüm, 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

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Other Words from entomb

entombment \in-​ˈtüm-​mənt, en-​ \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for entomb


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


disinter, exhume, unearth

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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

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And on a hot August day in 1988, a crew lowered the bomb through a hole drilled thousands of feet into the Nevada Test Site, then entombed it beneath millions of pounds of sand. Eric Betz, Discover Magazine, "The Never Ending Quest To Simulate Doomsday," 17 Aug. 2018 In further symbolic symmetry, Franklin sang at Parks' funeral, which was held at the same Detroit church as Franklin's, and the singer will be entombed in the same cemetery as Parks. Morgan M. Evans, Fox News, "Aretha Franklin mourners flock to Detroit museum for public viewing," 28 Aug. 2018 But Lovett did not give his speech anywhere near the UPrep campus in Rochester, N.Y. — not in the gym, not in Founder’s Hall, not in the shade of trees that frame the modest campus five miles from where Frederick Douglass is entombed. Alex Horton, Washington Post, "The black valedictorian wasn’t allowed to speak. So the mayor gave him a microphone.," 5 July 2018 Michael Jackson was entombed in 2009 in the mausoleum at the opulent cemetery that is also the final resting place of Elizabeth Taylor and Walt Disney. Andrew Dalton, The Seattle Times, "Joe Jackson buried in same LA-area cemetery as son Michael," 2 July 2018 The victims’ bodies cannot be recovered as they are entombed in a deep crevasse under glacial ice in the national park. Morning Brief, The Seattle Times, "Summer solstice is here and Trump’s halt to family separations brings confusion, big questions | Thursday Morning Brief, June 21," 22 June 2018 At the most, the whole vehicle will be crushed and entomb the four crewmembers within. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "How the Pentagon Could Destroy All Monsters," 22 Mar. 2018 That same day, the British entombed their own unknown soldier with similar honors in Westminster Abbey. Matthew J. Davenport, WSJ, "‘The Unknowns’ Review: Fallen Sons, Unforgotten," 24 May 2018 Others skipped the niche entirely and entombed the cremated remains behind a marble plaque. Caren Chesler, Popular Mechanics, "Burning Out: What Really Happens Inside a Crematorium," 1 Mar. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of entomb

: to place (someone or something) in a tomb

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