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ingrained

adjective in·grained \ˈin-ˌgrānd, (ˌ)in-ˈ\

Simple Definition of ingrained

  • : existing for a long time and very difficult to change : firmly established

Full Definition of ingrained

  1. 1 :  worked into the grain or fiber

  2. 2 :  forming a part of the essence or inmost being :  deep-seated <ingrained prejudice>

in·grained·lyplay also en·grained·ly \ˈin-ˌgrā-nəd-lē, ˈin-ˌgrānd-lē, (ˌ)in-ˈ\ adverb

Examples of ingrained

  1. These attitudes are very deeply ingrained in the culture.

  2. <her deeply ingrained distrust of all authority>



1599

First Known Use of ingrained

1599

Variants of ingrained

also en·grained \ˈin-ˌgrānd, (ˌ)in-ˈ\


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