AskDefine | Define ensconce

Dictionary Definition

ensconce v : fix firmly; "He ensconced himself in the chair" [syn: settle]

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  • /ɛnˈskɒns/ italbrac RP
  • /ɛnˈskɑns/ italbrac US


  1. To place in a secure environment
    • 1876, Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, ch IX,
      They found the sharp new heap they were seeking, and ensconced themselves within the protection of three great elms that grew in a bunch within a few feet of the grave.
  2. To settle comfortably

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

anchor, becloud, befog, billet at, bivouac, blanket, blind, burrow, bury, cache, camouflage, camp, cloak, cloud, colonize, come to anchor, conceal, cover, cover up, curtain, disguise, dissemble, distract attention from, ditch, domesticate, drop anchor, eclipse, enshroud, envelop, establish, establish residence, fix, gloss over, hide, hive, inhabit, install, keep house, keep under cover, live at, locate, mask, moor, move, nest, obfuscate, obscure, occult, park, people, perch, place, plant, populate, relocate, reside, roost, screen, seat, secrete, set, set up housekeeping, set up shop, settle, settle down, shade, shroud, sit down, situate, slur over, squat, stand, stash, station, stay at, strike root, take residence at, take root, take up residence, varnish, veil, whitewash
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