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[en-toom] /ɛnˈtum/
verb (used with object)
to place in a tomb; bury; inter.
to serve as a tomb for:
Florentine churches entomb many great men.
Also, intomb.
Origin of entomb
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English entoumben < Middle French entomber. See en-1, tomb
Related forms
entombment, noun
unentombed, adjective Unabridged
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  • Amber pieces, often hundreds of millions of years old, are even more treasured when they entomb plants or insects.
  • Further downstream they simply entomb everything in mud.
  • Farther downstream they entomb everything in their path in mud.
  • Farther downstream, they can entomb everything in their path in mud.
British Dictionary definitions for entomb


verb (transitive)
to place in or as if in a tomb; bury; inter
to serve as a tomb for
Derived Forms
entombment, noun
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Word Origin and History for entomb

1570s, from Old French entomber "place in a tomb," from en- "in" (see en- (1)) + tombe "tomb" (see tomb). Related: Entombed; entombing.

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