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sheathe (verb) [of a sword, etc.,] put back into its sheath [case]; cover something to protect it.

When you sheathe a sword or a knife you put it back in its case. We sheathe swords or knives when we don't use them. Sheathe also means to cover something, especially to protect it.

  • After killing the enemy, the soldier wiped the sword clean and sheathed it. Thus putting it back in its case, he walked away.
  • They were about to fight with their swords drawn out of their sheaths, but on hearing the command of their superior, sheathed them. They were unhappy that they had to put the swords back into their cases without shedding any blood.
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