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ingrain

verb in·grain \(ˌ)in-ˈgrān\

Definition of ingrain

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to work indelibly into the natural texture or mental or moral constitution



Examples of ingrain in a sentence

  1. <the journalism professor has long ingrained his students with a deep respect for their chosen profession>

  2. <the third-world privation he had witnessed forever ingrained itself upon the young doctor's memory>



Circa 1641

First Known Use of ingrain

circa 1641

Variants of ingrain

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engrain

\(ˌ)in-ˈgrān\

Synonym Discussion of ingrain

infuse, suffuse, imbue, ingrain, inoculate, leaven mean to introduce one thing into another so as to affect it throughout. infuse implies a pouring in of something that gives new life or significance <new members infused enthusiasm into the club>. suffuse implies a spreading through of something that gives an unusual color or quality <a room suffused with light>. imbue implies the introduction of a quality that fills and permeates the whole being <imbue students with intellectual curiosity>. ingrain , used only in the passive or past participle, suggests the deep implanting of a quality or trait <clung to ingrained habits>. inoculate implies an imbuing or implanting with a germinal idea and often suggests stealth or subtlety <an electorate inoculated with dangerous ideas>. leaven implies introducing something that enlivens, tempers, or markedly alters the total quality <a serious play leavened with comic moments>.

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ingrain

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adjective in·grain \ˈin-ˌgrān\

Definition of ingrain

  1. 1 a :  made of fiber that is dyed before being spun into yarn b :  made of yarn that is dyed before being woven or knitted

  2. 2 :  thoroughly worked in :  innate



Examples of ingrain in a sentence

  1. <an ingrain skepticism that saves him from falling for every hoax that comes along>



1766

First Known Use of ingrain

1766


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ingrain

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noun in·grain \ˈin-ˌgrān\

Definition of ingrain

  1. :  innate quality or character



1899

First Known Use of ingrain

1899


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