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tr.v. im·mured, im·mur·ing, im·mures
1. To confine within or as if within walls; imprison.
2. To build into a wall: immure a shrine.
3. To entomb in a wall.

[Medieval Latin immūrāre : Latin in-, in; see in-2 + Latin mūrus, wall.]

im·mure′ment n.
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vb (tr)
1. archaic or literary to enclose within or as if within walls; imprison
2. to shut (oneself) away from society
3. obsolete to build into or enclose within a wall
[C16: from Medieval Latin immūrāre, from Latin im- (in) + mūrus a wall]
imˈmurement n
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v.t. -mured, -mur•ing.
1. to enclose within or as if within walls.
2. to imprison.
3. to build into or entomb in a wall.
[1575–85; < Medieval Latin immūrāre= Latin im- im-1 + -mūrāre, v. derivative of mūrus wall (compare mural)]
im•mure′ment, im•mu•ra•tion (ˌɪm yəˈreɪ ʃən) n.
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Past participle: immured
Gerund: immuring

I immure
you immure
he/she/it immures
we immure
you immure
they immure
I immured
you immured
he/she/it immured
we immured
you immured
they immured
Present Continuous
I am immuring
you are immuring
he/she/it is immuring
we are immuring
you are immuring
they are immuring
Present Perfect
I have immured
you have immured
he/she/it has immured
we have immured
you have immured
they have immured
Past Continuous
I was immuring
you were immuring
he/she/it was immuring
we were immuring
you were immuring
they were immuring
Past Perfect
I had immured
you had immured
he/she/it had immured
we had immured
you had immured
they had immured
I will immure
you will immure
he/she/it will immure
we will immure
you will immure
they will immure
Future Perfect
I will have immured
you will have immured
he/she/it will have immured
we will have immured
you will have immured
they will have immured
Future Continuous
I will be immuring
you will be immuring
he/she/it will be immuring
we will be immuring
you will be immuring
they will be immuring
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been immuring
you have been immuring
he/she/it has been immuring
we have been immuring
you have been immuring
they have been immuring
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been immuring
you will have been immuring
he/she/it will have been immuring
we will have been immuring
you will have been immuring
they will have been immuring
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been immuring
you had been immuring
he/she/it had been immuring
we had been immuring
you had been immuring
they had been immuring
I would immure
you would immure
he/she/it would immure
we would immure
you would immure
they would immure
Past Conditional
I would have immured
you would have immured
he/she/it would have immured
we would have immured
you would have immured
they would have immured
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.immure - lock up or confine, in or as in a jail; "The suspects were imprisoned without trial"; "the murderer was incarcerated for the rest of his life"
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
detain, confine - deprive of freedom; take into confinement
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1. To confine within a limited area:
cage, coop (in or up), enclose, fence (in), mew (up), pen, shut in, shut up, wall (in or up).
2. To put in jail:
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[ɪˈmjʊəʳ] VTenclaustrar, encerrar (fig) → encerrar
to be immured inestar encerrado en
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Creon, unrelenting, condemns her to be immured in a rock-hewn chamber.
His every movement is jealously watched by the police till he comes of age and presents himself for inspection; then he is either destroyed, if he is found to exceed the fixed margin of deviation, or else immured in a Government Office as a clerk of the seventh class; prevented from marriage; forced to drudge at an uninteresting occupation for a miserable stipend; obliged to live and board at the office, and to take even his vacation under close supervision; what wonder that human nature, even in the best and purest, is embittered and perverted by such surroundings!"
Separated since infancy from his parents, whom he had hardly known; cloistered and immured, as it were, in his books; eager above all things to study and to learn; exclusively attentive up to that time, to his intelligence which broadened in science, to his imagination, which expanded in letters,--the poor scholar had not yet had time to feel the place of his heart.
This lady died, but her lessons were indelibly impressed on the mind of Safie, who sickened at the prospect of again returning to Asia and being immured within the walls of a harem, allowed only to occupy herself with infantile amusements, ill-suited to the temper of her soul, now accustomed to grand ideas and a noble emulation for virtue.
Quietly he passed in through the secret way, ascending a spiral runway to the apartment in which the Princess of Ptarth was immured.
Immured in a tiny between-decks cubby which was filled mostly with boxes and bales, tied as well by the rope around his neck, he waited from moment to moment for the door to open and admit, realised in the flesh, the resplendent vision of Steward which blazed through the totality of his consciousness.
He will lose his reason." And sinking back into delirium, I would take the idea with me and be immured in madhouses, and be beaten by keepers, and surrounded by screeching lunatics.
In this way I lived on immured in a building or prison called by the Turks a bano in which they confine the Christian captives, as well those that are the king's as those belonging to private individuals, and also what they call those of the Almacen, which is as much as to say the slaves of the municipality, who serve the city in the public works and other employments; but captives of this kind recover their liberty with great difficulty, for, as they are public property and have no particular master, there is no one with whom to treat for their ransom, even though they may have the means.
I followed the wall right round to the point at which it abutted on the tower that immured my love; the height never varied; nor could my hands or eyes discover a single foot-hole, ledge, or other means of mounting to the top.
Immediately she figured an immured life, continuing for an immense period, the same feelings living for ever, neither dwindling nor changing within the ring of a thick stone wall.
Land, house, furniture, each in its turn, was taken under some one of the numerous executions which were issued; and the old man himself would have been immured in prison had he not escaped the vigilance of the officers, and fled.
He stood up, saw the body, and threw his arms above his head with a cry like that of a man who, waking from a trance, finds himself immured forever in a tomb.