Definition of entomb in US English:



[with object]usually be entombed
  • 1Place (a dead body) in a tomb.

    • ‘If the Temple of the Sun is geometrical perfection, the Temple of the Condor, where mummified bodies were entombed, is its dynamic, artistic counterpart.’
    • ‘We have found a place, not far, where we can entomb the Doctor's body.’
    • ‘About 100,000 people gathered to see the Pope's body make its solemn journey from the Vatican's Apostolic Palace to his local church, St Peter's, where it will be entombed alongside popes from throughout history.’
    • ‘They dug up thousands of plates, brooches, hairpins and pendants, carefully placed for the afterlife with the bodies of wealthy rulers entombed in royal burial chambers.’
    • ‘There was an apotheosis in which all three figures were shown entombed, enshrined, mummified together but not entwined.’
    • ‘To destroy an image of the Gods protecting a burial site was to evoke the wrath not only of the God, but of the dead entombed there.’
    • ‘When he died, his body was entombed at Junagadh in Gujarat, which thereafter became an important pilgrimage destination for Indian Sidhis.’
    • ‘Then one day Usher announced to his friend that Madeline was ‘no more,’ and that he intended to entomb her body in the house's dungeon rather than bury it.’
    • ‘In an especially eerie sequence, her body is entombed in the Usher vault on a lonely island nearby.’
    • ‘Even the expertly mummified tend to smell bad, so doesn't it make sense that the bodies were entombed with perfumes?’
    • ‘After a decade of further triumphs, he moved to Paris; but after Italy became a national state, his body, too, was ceremoniously entombed in Santa Croce.’
    • ‘The remains of Henry VIII and the beheaded Charles I are entombed there, along with the bodies of the Queen's parents, George VI and the Queen Mother.’
    • ‘Since there was no body to entomb there is no shrine to him to which pilgrims can repair.’
    • ‘Beneath the imposing hillside memorial, which overlooks the inner harbour, two unidentified bodies of the tanker's crewmen have been entombed.’
    • ‘They were often mummified - and, sometimes, mice were also entombed with the cats, to keep them well-fed on their metaphorical journey to the next world.’
    inter, place in a tomb, lay to rest, bury, consign to the grave
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    1. 1.1 Bury or trap in or under something.
      ‘many people died, most entombed in collapsed buildings’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Next thing you know, you're entombed in 136 tons of garbage and burrowing through your house via a system of intricate tunnels.’
      • ‘As for the posh, all-service Hyatt in which they are entombed (or incarcerated, according to Bob), however, this hotel could be in any of the world's major cities.’
      • ‘The tree of heaven opposite the church of Saints Peter and Paul was still entombed deep inside its branches but the faintest yellow-green fuzz had begun to blur the outline of willows on the banks of the River Vistula.’
      • ‘He was completely entombed in the concrete, but we made a hole in the concrete and shone a torch in and he grabbed the torch.’
      • ‘It stands 36 metres wide by nine metres high and is intertwined with the fossils, skeletons and carcasses of creatures that once inhabited the oceans, all seemingly poised to wrench themselves free from the stone that entombs them.’
      • ‘Here, sonic blasts from the past are entombed in a hodgepodge of vinyl records, compact discs and reel-to-reel tapes.’
      • ‘Relief workers ended by covering the area with lime, entombing the dead in the remains of their homes.’
      • ‘The body is buried or entombed in a brick or concrete structure.’
      • ‘Intertwined with the fossils, skeletons and carcasses of the myriad creatures that once inhabited the oceans, it seems poised to wrench itself free from the stone that entombs it.’
      • ‘They have been entombed in a cramped steel cage almost a kilometre beneath the surface since April 25 when an earthquake in the southern state of Tasmania triggered a rockfall.’
      • ‘A mountain rescue mission yesterday took off for Iceland to recover wreckage from a bomber plane which entombed four men in ice for more than 60 years.’
      • ‘The defenders were forced back into their tunnels, where ferocious close-quarter battles went on until the Chinese blew in the entrances, entombing the defenders alive.’
      • ‘Actively engaging the spectator, it neither mirrors nor entombs the viewer.’
      • ‘And I didn't want my thesis to be entombed on some library shelf.’
      • ‘Rubble then crashed through the floors, entombing the three workers on the ground floor.’
      • ‘Sixty five men and boys were entombed in the mine.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Bodies lay all around, partially or completely entombed in the debris.’
      • ‘This resurrection of ancient mysteries reminds me of your latest maturation, a sort of a dusting off and animation of mummified aspects of your personality that you entombed years ago.’


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