ingrained

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

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>

ingrainedly

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engrainedly

\ˈin-ˌgrā-nəd-lē, ˈin-ˌgrānd-lē, (ˌ)in-ˈ\ adverb

Examples of ingrained in a sentence

  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

less commonly

engrained

\ˈin-ˌgrānd, (ˌ)in-ˈ\

INGRAINED Defined for English Language Learners

ingrained

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

Definition of ingrained for English Language Learners

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



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