verb \in-ˈtrench, en-\

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

Full Definition of ENTRENCH

transitive verb
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>
:  to cut into :  furrow; specifically :  to erode downward so as to form a trench
intransitive verb
:  to dig or occupy a trench for defensive purposes
:  to enter upon or take over something unfairly, improperly, or unlawfully :  encroach —used with on or upon
en·trench·ment \-mənt\ noun

Variants of ENTRENCH

en·trench also in·trench \in-\

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>

First Known Use of ENTRENCH



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