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- (UK) IPA(key): /ɛnˈskɒns/
- (US) enPR: ĭn-skäns', IPA(key): /ɛnˈskɑns/
Audio (US) (file)
- Rhymes: -ɒns, -ɑns
- (transitive) To place in a secure environment.
- c. 1597, William Shakespeare, “The Merry VViues of VVindsor”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act III, scene iii]:
- She shall not see me, I will ensconce mee behinde the Arras.
- 2014 January 21, Hermione Hoby, “Julia Roberts interview for August: Osage County – 'I might actually go to hell for this ...': Julia Roberts reveals why her violent, Oscar-nominated performance in August: Osage County made her feel 'like a terrible person' [print version: 'I might actually go to hell for this ...' (18 January 2014, p. R4)]”, in The Daily Telegraph (Review):
- The film grossed $464 million worldwide, ensconcing her in the Hollywood A-list.
- (intransitive) To settle comfortably.
Particularly used in form ensconced, as in “she was ensconced in an armchair.”
- (settle comfortably): cuddle up
to place in a secure environment
to settle comfortably