entomb

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French entomber (deposit in a tomb).

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Verb[edit]

entomb (third-person singular simple present entombs, present participle entombing, simple past and past participle entombed)

  1. (transitive) To deposit in a tomb.
    • 2007, Macdonald, Phil, Taiwan[1] (Travel), 2nd edition, National Geographic Society, →ISBN, OCLC 938505593, page 122, column 1:
      At Cihhu (Cihu), near the town of Dasi (Daxi), 30 miles (50 km) southwest of Taipei on Provincial Highway 7, Chiang Kai-shek lies entombed above ground in a granite and marble coffin in one of his former country villas. The gravesite is “temporary,” as before his death Chiang had requested his body be returned to his native province of Zhejiang in mainland China.
  2. (figurative, transitive) To confine in restrictive surroundings.
    • 2020 July 29, Paul Stephen, “A new collaboration centred on New Street”, in Rail, page 54:
      [...] after the original Victorian station was demolished and then entombed in concrete in the 1960s, Birmingham New Street became a byword for the worst excesses of the much-loathed Brutalist architecture so widely used to reconstruct inner-city post-war Britain.

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