sheathe

The verb sheathe means to place in a sheath. What's a sheath? Well, that's any kind of protective covering.

With that extra "e" on the end sheathe gives off a very old English vibe. Perhaps that's because all those knights were often sheathing their swords so as not to scare the fair ladies. Those knights were also sheathed in armor when going into battle or setting off to joust. These days, with medieval armaments in low demand, not much gets sheathed — except maybe the kitchen knives in the knife block or your cat's claws when they retract.

Definitions of sheathe
  1. verb
    enclose with a sheath
    sheathe a sword”
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    Antonyms:
    unsheathe
    draw from a sheath or scabbard
    type of:
    enclose, enfold, envelop, enwrap, wrap
    enclose or enfold completely with or as if with a covering
  2. verb
    cover with a protective sheathing
    sheathe her face”
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    types:
    invaginate
    sheathe
    type of:
    cover
    provide with a covering or cause to be covered
  3. verb
    plunge or bury (a knife or sword) in flesh
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    type of:
    immerse, plunge
    thrust or throw into
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