ingrain

4 ENTRIES FOUND:

1in·grain

verb \(ˌ)in-ˈgrān\

Definition of INGRAIN

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

Variants of INGRAIN

in·grain also en·grain \(ˌ)in-ˈgrān\

Examples of INGRAIN

  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>

First Known Use of INGRAIN

circa 1641

2in·grain

adjective \ˈin-ˌgrān\

Definition of INGRAIN

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
:  thoroughly worked in :  innate

Examples of INGRAIN

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

First Known Use of INGRAIN

1766

3in·grain

noun \ˈin-ˌgrān\

Definition of INGRAIN

:  innate quality or character

First Known Use of INGRAIN

1899

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