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Definition of entomb verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    entomb

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈtuːm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈtuːm//
     
    [usually passive] (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they entomb
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈtuːm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈtuːm//
     
    he / she / it entombs
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈtuːmz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈtuːmz//
     
    past simple entombed
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈtuːmd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈtuːmd//
     
    past participle entombed
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈtuːmd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈtuːmd//
     
    -ing form entombing
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈtuːmɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈtuːmɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1entomb somebody/something (in something) to bury or completely cover somebody/something so that they cannot get out, be seen, etc. As many as 1 000 people were dead, entombed in collapsed buildings.
  2. 2entomb somebody/something (in something) to put a dead body in a tomb pharaohs entombed in the pyramids of Egypt
  3. Word Origin late Middle English (formerly also as intomb): from Old French entomber, from en- ‘in’ + tombe ‘tomb’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: entomb