Definition of immure in US English:

immure

verb

[with object]usually be immured
  • Enclose or confine (someone) against their will.

    ‘her brother was immured in a lunatic asylum’
    • ‘‘I longed sadly for some gaiety’, she wrote to her uncle Leopold at 16, ‘but we have been for the last three months immured within our old palace.’’
    • ‘The wind had shut it as if intent on immuring her infant from all calamities.’
    • ‘Its purpose was to immure the emperor, protecting him from the gaze of the common people, who were forbidden from entering.’
    • ‘It makes no sense to ask whether a particular security system is effective or not - otherwise you'd all be wearing bulletproof vests and staying immured in your home.’
    • ‘The country house is immured in said country, with no real society for miles.’
    • ‘Release from the nunnery can sometimes prove to be provisional, and now she has immured herself in another cloister.’
    • ‘We are, indeed, truly immured in our colonial past.’
    • ‘Erika, meanwhile, immures herself in the mansion.’
    • ‘Well, yes, they go off and they find that these people have been immured in these caves until death.’
    • ‘Also, the genre has become so immured in an Anglo-American nostalgia for a European past that it's refreshing to find a non-Eurocentric example of an alternate-world fantasy novel.’
    • ‘He's able to create and be creative without immuring himself in a kind of misery.’
    • ‘The thought of immuring them in concrete, although an idea originated by the director, really appealed to me.’
    • ‘In contrast, White often found reforming local priests ‘less radical because they were far more deeply immured in the reality of their country.’’
    • ‘Being immured in prison has not left me with much to do.’
    • ‘The unfortunate animal is immured in a box that also contains a radioactive source with a 50-50 chance of decaying within the next hour.’
    • ‘So long as you are not actually ill, hungry, frightened or immured in a prison or a holiday camp, spring is still spring.’
    • ‘The angry, obsessive, maddened father's reaction to this disaster is to immure her and her mother in their house, building more and more partition walls around them until finally they are imprisoned on a bed in a tiny space.’
    • ‘There were but two filo triangles, which made sharing among three a bit tricky, but the bay scallops immured within the flaky pastry were so big you could split one between two people and neither would feel too cheated.’
    • ‘There was ‘not the slightest sign of his becoming immured in his own work, as happens to so many creative artists‘.’
    • ‘It struck me strange that my mother from whose loving hands I had partaken many a sumptuous meal had been immured in the kitchen confines all along.’
    confine, intern, shut up, lock up, incarcerate, imprison, jail, put away, put behind bars, put under lock and key, hold captive, hold prisoner
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Origin

Late 16th century: from French emmurer or medieval Latin immurare, from in- ‘in’ + murus ‘wall’.

Pronunciation

immure

/iˈmyo͝or//ɪˈmjʊr/