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

transitive verb

: to deposit in or as if in a tomb : bury
: to serve as a tomb for
entombment noun

Example Sentences

a number of Boston's historic notables are entombed in the Old Granary Burying Ground
Recent Examples on the Web Ancient Egyptians mummified cats, crocodiles and other creatures to entomb with dead humans for spiritual purposes. Bridget Alex, Discover Magazine, 12 Jan. 2022 You could get trapped in the sap of a tree, which will eventually entomb your body in gorgeous amber. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 4 Dec. 2012 The occupiers attempted to counter the partisans by gassing the tunnels and sealing off access points to entomb them, but the rebels persisted. Will Hunt, The New Yorker, 9 Apr. 2022 But even his flytraps were improbably large, big enough to entomb and consume a human. Stephanie Pain, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Mar. 2022 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 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of entomb was in 1565

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Cite this Entry

“Entomb.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entomb. Accessed 20 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


en·​tomb in-ˈtüm How to pronounce entomb (audio)
: to place in a tomb : bury
entombment noun
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