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ingrain

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of ingrain

  1. 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, infuse (also engrain), inoculate, invest, steep, suffuseRelated Words animate, charge, enliven, invigorate, leaven; implant, instill, plant; impregnate, permeate, pervade, saturate; deluge, drown, fill, flood, inundate, overwhelm, submergeNear Antonyms deprive, divest, strip; clear, empty; eliminate, remove, take away

  2. 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, engrave (also engrain)Related Words enroot, imbue, implant, inculcate, infuse, instill; fix, set, stampNear Antonyms blot out, erase, expunge, obliterate

  3. 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, entrench (also engrain), lodge, rootRelated Words imbue, infuse, instill; beat (into), drive (into); establish, place, put, settle, stickNear Antonyms eliminate, eradicate; eject, expel; detach, disconnect, disengage, removeAntonyms dislodge, root (out), uproot



Variants of ingrain

also engrain

ingrain

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of ingrain

  1. being a part of the innermost nature of a person or thing <an ingrain skepticism that saves him from falling for every hoax that comes along> Synonyms built-in, constitutional, constitutive, essential, hardwired, immanent, inborn, inbred, indigenous, inherent, ingrained (also engrained), innate, integral, intrinsic, native, naturalRelated Words basic, deep-rooted, elemental, fundamental; congenital, hereditary, inherited, inmost, inner, interior; internal; characteristic, distinctive, peculiar; habitual, inveterate; normal, regular, typicalNear Antonyms alien, foreign; accidental, coincidental, incidental; acquired, adscititious; superficial, surface; exterior, externalAntonyms adventitious, extraneous, extrinsic




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