entomb

verb
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

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Other Words from entomb

entombment \ in-​ˈtüm-​mənt How to pronounce entombment (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 Saving a stranger Just before spending three hours entombed beneath her Beach Street building, Sherra Cox was relishing her good fortune. Sam Whiting, SFChronicle.com, "The calm after the quake — for survivors, the heartbreak and heroism are still fresh," 11 Oct. 2019 There, a mudflow entombed the town of Armero, killing roughly 21,000 people in the dead of night. Shannon Hall, New York Times, "We’re Barely Listening to the U.S.’s Most Dangerous Volcanoes," 9 Sep. 2019 The remains of notorious 1930s gangster John Dillinger – reportedly entombed beneath 5,000 pounds of concrete at an Indianapolis cemetery – are set to be exhumed decades after the infamous killer was gunned down by FBI agents. Greg Norman | Fox News, Fox News, "Gangster John Dillinger’s body reportedly to be exhumed from heavily-protected grave for undisclosed reason," 31 July 2019 Meanwhile, the perpetually incompetent owner, Mark Davis, is holed up in his dad’s entombed office, hoping this all works out. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, "Kurtenbach: Antonio Brown exposed the Raiders’ relentless incompetence," 7 Sep. 2019 Preserving your home movies, entombed in rapidly-decaying VHS tapes, by converting them into digital files is a thoughtful (and often tear-jerking) way to do that. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "How to make digital copies of your VHS tapes," 21 July 2019 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

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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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18 Nov 2019

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The first known use of entomb was in 1565

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entomb

verb
How to pronounce entomb (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of entomb

: to place (someone or something) in a tomb

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