Definition of entomb in English:


Line breaks: en¦tomb
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈtuːm
, ɛn-/


[with object]
1Place (a dead body) in a tomb: mummified bodies were entombed in the pyramids of Egypt
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  • If the Temple of the Sun is geometrical perfection, the Temple of the Condor, where mummified bodies were entombed, is its dynamic, artistic counterpart.
  • Even the expertly mummified tend to smell bad, so doesn't it make sense that the bodies were entombed with perfumes?
  • In an especially eerie sequence, her body is entombed in the Usher vault on a lonely island nearby.
inter, place in a tomb, lay to rest, bury, consign to the grave
informal place six feet under, plant
literary inhume, sepulchre
1.1Bury or trap within something: many people died, most entombed in collapsed buildings
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  • Those left behind had to make do with cloth tents against the bitter cold, limited sanitation, a shattered health service and the constant reminder of their tragedy from the surrounding ruins where many corpses are still entombed.
  • Relief workers ended by covering the area with lime, entombing the dead in the remains of their homes.
  • It would hunt down the one that had entombed it, that had left it for dead, thinking that it would be consumed by the fire.


late Middle English (formerly also as intomb): from Old French entomber, from en- 'in' + tombe 'tomb'.

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