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Definition fixed firmly; or settled comfortably
  • She moved to New York for college and has been happily ensconced in the city ever since.
ensconced = settled comfortably
  • I found her ensconced in her new offices at the United Nations.
  • ensconced = settled comfortably
  • The Taliban are now ensconced in the area.
  • ensconced = fixed firmly
  • The ethnic political violence that convulsed Kenya after disputed elections on Dec. 27 shattered the nation's image as an oasis of calm in a turbulent corner of Africa. Perhaps no one was more shocked — or had more to lose — than members of Kenya's middle class, who seemed comfortably ensconced in Westernized modernity after more than 40 years of economic growth without major political trauma.
    Time Magazine, 2008  --,9171,1719957,00.html (retrieved 09/12/09)
  • ensconced = settled comfortably
  • At one end of the big barn, on a sort of raised platform, Major was already ensconced on his bed of straw, under a lantern which hung from a beam.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • ensconced = settled comfortably
  • In a sitting-room on the ground-floor, ensconced in an armchair with her back to the light, was the owner and mistress of the estate,
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles
  • happily ensconced in her new apartment
  • He ensconced himself in the chair
  • Evy, Sissy, Katie, and Francie stood around the big brass bed in which the failure had ensconced himself.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • Before anyone realized what was happening, Mahtob and I were ensconced in the second car.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • Obara, Nym, and Tyene lack for nothing but their freedom, and Ellaria and her daughters are happily ensconced at the Water Gardens.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • Unfortunately, only the evilest spirits seek to possess humans, and once ensconced they never leave.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Hassan was ensconced in the green leather couch.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • We were ensconced in the lack of luxury of the Twilight Inn, which was the kind of place that had shady deals going on in all the rooms.
    James Patterson  --  School's Out - Forever
  • Once I was ensconced at Constantiaberge, I again began to meet with Kobie Coetsee and the secret committee.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • Back in the yard was a room for servants, in which old Celestine had been ensconced.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • Agent Simkins was lying on his stomach, ensconced in the bushes of Franklin Square.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Ralph hesitated; it seemed to him that his head was ensconced in smoke too.
    Gish Jen  --  Typical American
  • Possibly, too, Jonah might have ensconced himself in a hollow tooth; but, on second thoughts, the Right Whale is toothless.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Heaving a grateful sigh, he slipped quickly inside his own tent and found Corporal Whitcomb ensconced on his cot, his knees propped up.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22

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