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[en-shrahyn] /ɛnˈʃraɪn/
verb (used with object), enshrined, enshrining.
to enclose in or as in a shrine:
His love for her is enshrined forever in his poetry.
to cherish as sacred:
The memory of our friendship will be enshrined in my heart.
Also, inshrine.
Origin of enshrine
1575-85; en-1 + shrine
Related forms
enshrinement, noun
unenshrined, adjective Unabridged
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  • A large crystal, through which a portion of the wood which the cross was formed to enshrine is visible, is set in the centre.

    Ten Thousand Wonderful Things Edmund Fillingham King
  • "So much the more need that we enshrine her image in our own hearts," rejoined Plato.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • And they would erect a temple wherein to enshrine the divine fragment.

    King Candaules Thophile Gautier
  • If I should tell her that Jones died in Brazil, she'd enshrine him in her memory.

  • A place in which to enshrine and worship her during the years to come; for what else could it be?

    When Dreams Come True Ritter Brown
British Dictionary definitions for enshrine


verb (transitive)
to place or enclose in or as if in a shrine
to hold as sacred; cherish; treasure
Derived Forms
enshrinement, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for enshrine

1580s, from en- (1) "make, put in" + shrine. Related: Enshrined; enshrining.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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