An example of immure is to trap someone in an attic.
- to shut up within or as within walls; imprison, confine, or seclude
- to entomb in a wall
Origin of immure; from Old French or ML: Old French emmurrer ; from Medieval Latin immurare ; from Classical Latin in-, in + murus, wall: see mere
transitive verbim·mured, im·mur·ing, im·mures
- To confine within or as if within walls; imprison.
- To build into a wall: immure a shrine.
- To entomb in a wall.
Origin of immureMedieval Latin imm&umacron;rare : Latin in-, in; see in–2 + Latin m&umacron;rus, wall.
(third-person singular simple present immures, present participle immuring, simple past and past participle immured)
- To cloister, confine, imprison: to lock up behind walls.
- To put or bury within a wall.
- John's body was immured Thursday in the mausoleum.
- (crystallography and geology, of a growing crystal) To trap or capture (an impurity); chiefly in the participial adjective immured and gerund or gerundial noun immuring.
From Middle French emmurer, from Old French, from Latin immurare, from im, combining variant of in (“in”), + mūrus (“wall”).