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 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 After the water in their environment dries up, the minerals are left behind and entomb those microbes, forming stromatolites. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Perseverance will search for ancient life on Mars. These places are next," 3 Mar. 2021 Similar concrete pads are often used to entomb nuclear waste. Jon Gambrell, Star Tribune, "Secretive Israeli nuclear facility undergoes major project," 25 Feb. 2021 Cemeteries rejected those they were meant to entomb. Hisham Melhem, The Atlantic, "To Die in the Time of Pestilence," 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, "U.S. official pushes nuclear energy as economic, environmental boost," 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, "2,000-Year-Old Leopard Face Painting Reconstructed From Egyptian Sarcophagus," 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, "Scientists Explore Prehistoric Forest Entombed off the Coast of Alabama," 4 Apr. 2020 His request was granted, and he was entombed on April 7, 1520, the day after his death. Elisabetta Povoledo, New York Times, "Rome Celebrates the Short, but Beautiful, Life of Raphael," 6 Mar. 2020 This may then have been protected from decay by the volcanic ash that entombed the body. Colin Barras, Science | AAAS, "Studies reveal gruesome last moments of Pompeii volcano’s victims," 23 Jan. 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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“Entomb.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entomb. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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entomb

verb

English Language Learners Definition of entomb

: to place (someone or something) in a tomb

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