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entrench

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verb en·trench \in-ˈtrench, en-\

Simple Definition of entrench

  • : to place (someone or something) in a very strong position that cannot easily be changed

Full Definition of entrench

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to place within or surround with a trench especially for defense b :  to place (oneself) in a strong defensive position c :  to establish solidly <entrenched themselves in the business>

  3. 2 :  to cut into :  furrow; specifically :  to erode downward so as to form a trench

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to dig or occupy a trench for defensive purposes

  6. 2 :  to enter upon or take over something unfairly, improperly, or unlawfully :  encroach —used with on or upon

en·trench·ment play \-mənt\ noun

Examples of entrench

  1. officials who have tried to entrench themselves in office

  2. <a father who entrenched in our minds the belief that hard work pays off>



1548

First Known Use of entrench

1548

Variants of entrench

also in·trench \in-\


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