ingrain


ingrain

verb

Definition of INGRAIN

1
to cause (as a person) to become filled or saturated with a certain quality or principle <the journalism professor has long ingrained his students with a deep respect for their chosen profession>
Synonyms endue (or indue), imbue, inculcate, ingrain (also engrain), inoculate, invest, steep, suffuse
2
to produce a vivid impression of <the third-world privation he had witnessed forever ingrained itself upon the young doctor's memory>
Synonyms brand, etch, impress, imprint, infix, ingrain (also engrain)
Near Antonyms blot out, erase, expunge, obliterate
3
to set solidly in or as if in surrounding matter <tried to ingrain traditional values in their children>
Synonyms bed, embed (also imbed), enroot, fix, impact, implant, ingrain (also engrain), lodge, root
Related Words imbue, infuse, instill; beat (into), drive (into); establish, place, put, settle, stick
Antonyms dislodge, root (out), uproot

Variants of INGRAIN

ingrain also engrain

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