im·​mure | \ i-ˈmyu̇r How to pronounce immure (audio) \
immured; immuring

Definition of immure

transitive verb

1a : to enclose within or as if within walls
2 : to build into a wall especially : to entomb in a wall

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immurement \ i-​ˈmyu̇r-​mənt How to pronounce immurement (audio) \ noun

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Like "mural," "immure" comes from "murus," a Latin noun that means "wall." "Immurare," a Medieval Latin verb, was formed from "murus" and the prefix in- (meaning "in" or "within"). "Immure," which first appeared in English in the late 16th century, literally means "to wall in" or "to enclose with a wall," but it has extended meanings as well. In addition to senses meaning "imprison" and "entomb," the word sometimes has broader applications, essentially meaning "to shut in" or "to confine." One might remark, for example, that a very studious acquaintance spends most of her time "immured in the library" or that a withdrawn teenager "immures himself in his bedroom every night."

Examples of immure in a Sentence

scientists at the research station in Alaska are immured by the frozen wastelands that surround them immured by a controlling, possessive mother, the young woman had no outside social life
Recent Examples on the Web The last slave had been immured within its walls, and St. Michael’s curfew was to be sweetest music thenceforth and forever. Jonathan W. White, Smithsonian, "When Emancipation Finally Came, Slave Markets Took on a Redemptive Purpose," 27 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of immure

1583, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for immure

Medieval Latin immurare, from Latin in- + murus wall — more at munition

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“Immure.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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to insert between existing elements

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