Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To settle (oneself) securely or comfortably.
  • transitive verb To place or conceal in a secure place.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To cover or shelter as with a sconce or fort; protect; hide securely; give shelter or security to.
  • Hence To fix firmly or snugly; settle; lodge: as, he ensconced himself in his comfortable arm-chair.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To cover or shelter, as with a sconce or fort; to place or hide securely; to conceal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To place in a secure environment.
  • verb intransitive To settle comfortably.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb fix firmly

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[en– + sconce.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From en- +‎ sconce, “to enter a sconce ("fortification")”.

Examples

  • Anyone who's returned their Apple laptop for repairs knows that Apple first ships out a wonderfully compact box, packed efficiently with protective stuffing to ensconce the computer.

    Apple's Uses Ultra-Large Boxes To Replace Ultra-Compact USB Power Chargers - The Consumerist

  • The journey of aging is a complicated one … my partner told me she will pack up all our belongings and ensconce me by the Mediterranean beaches I so deeply desire, if my days become acutely finite. xx,

    Inevitable

  • His editors had to ensconce him in a hotel suite and watch him constantly to get him to finish certain books.

    Whoosh : Bev Vincent

  • Considering the disrepute in which the Chicago School currently finds itself within economics, do we really want to ensconce that economic model (er, religion?) in the highcourt?

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Obama’s Diverse Shortlist

  • At least 131 of Howell's Branch Davidians were convinced enough to ensconce themselves in his compound, yielding to him their daughters as young as 12 to be impregnated by the Messiah.

    Jeff Schweitzer: Rapture Rupture

  • In the case of vampires, I locked myself in my bedroom, dim the lights, close the curtains and ensconce myself in the middle of pillows and warm blankets.

    Angels' Pawn is out! Psst...something cool in the post [Edited]

  • Max: The Brits liked Monty Python so much they apparently decided to ensconce such absurdity into laws like the one cited above, insane but true.

    Coyote Blog » Blog Archive » It’s Official: Global Warming Alarmism is a Religion (at Least in the UK)

  • The MEK wants to be free to ensconce itself in Washington and other world capitals and play the role of a legitimate Iranian opposition, similar to what Ahmad Chalabi and his Iraqi National Congress did prior to the Iraq war.

    MJ Rosenberg: Why Are Prominent Americans Lobbying for an Iranian Terrorist Group?

  • Philosopher Michael Sandel, in his 2009 Reith Lecture for the BBC, spoke about how we need more and better public institutions in America - parks, schools, public health clinics, libraries, recreation centers, museums, public transportation - where diverse groups of people can come togehter as Americans, as opposed to private self-segregating places where Americans can ensconce themselves in their own little socioeconomic bubbles.

    Michael Rugnetta: My Take on the Recent Brooks-Taibbi Flap

  • Philosopher Michael Sandel, in his 2009 Reith Lecture for the BBC, spoke about how we need more and better public institutions in America - parks, schools, public health clinics, libraries, recreation centers, museums, public transportation - where diverse groups of people can come togehter as Americans, as opposed to private self-segregating places where Americans can ensconce themselves in their own little socioeconomic bubbles.

    My Take on the Recent Brooks-Taibbi Flap

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