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

 

ensconce

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ɪnˈskɒns//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈskɑːns//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they ensconce
BrE BrE//ɪnˈskɒns//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈskɑːns//
 
he / she / it ensconces
BrE BrE//ɪnˈskɒnsɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈskɑːnsɪz//
 
past simple ensconced
BrE BrE//ɪnˈskɒnst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈskɑːnst//
 
past participle ensconced
BrE BrE//ɪnˈskɒnst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈskɑːnst//
 
-ing form ensconcing
BrE BrE//ɪnˈskɒnsɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈskɑːnsɪŋ//
 
 
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be ensconced (+adv./prep.) | ensconce yourself (+adv./prep.) (formal) if you are ensconced or ensconce yourself somewhere, you are made or make yourself comfortable and safe in that place or position He ensconced himself in my bedroom as if he owned it. The teacher was ensconced in an elaborate wooden chair. Word Origin late 16th cent. (in the senses ‘fortify’ and ‘shelter within or behind a fortification’; formerly also as insconce): from en-, in- ‘in’ + sconce ‘ a small fort used to defend a ford, pass or castle gate’.
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