in·​grained | \ ˈin-ˌgrānd, (ˌ)in-ˈgrānd \
variants: or less commonly engrained

Definition of ingrained

1 : worked into the grain or fiber
2 : forming a part of the essence or inmost being : deep-seated ingrained prejudice

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Other Words from ingrained

ingrainedly or less commonly engrainedly \ ˈin-​ˌgrā-​nəd-​lē , ˈin-​ˌgrānd-​lē, (ˌ)in-​ˈgrā-​nəd-​lē, -​ˈgrānd-​ \ adverb

Examples of ingrained in a Sentence

These attitudes are very deeply ingrained in the culture. her deeply ingrained distrust of all authority

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Ultimately, Cruz, who argued in his campaign that O’Rourke was too far to the left, showed that conservatism is still deeply ingrained in Texas. Tara Golshan, Vox, "Ted Cruz reelected to the US Senate after a surprisingly competitive race," 7 Nov. 2018 Siri is so ingrained in Apple’s platform that competing virtual assistants can’t quite match its convenience or the speed of accessing it, but Google is taking advantage of every tool at its disposal to get closer. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Google Assistant just got much better and more convenient on iOS thanks to Siri Shortcuts," 21 Nov. 2018 People’s deeply ingrained worldviews about the relative safety of these dramatic social changes and the world around us, in general, evolved into the key pivot between Republicans and Democrats. Marc J. Hetherington, Vox, "How you think about raising children says a lot about your political views," 29 Nov. 2018 Nonetheless, this ingrained fear has been utilized by Trump, and he’s used this issue to engage his base. Vogue, "Teddy Quinlivan: Why I’m Standing Up Against Trump’s Anti-Trans Agenda," 26 Oct. 2018 Even more ingrained was his habit of jumping into businesses. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Don Panoz Hopped From Pharmaceuticals to Wine, Resorts and Race Cars," 28 Sep. 2018 To the 32-year-old artist, speaking out with her music is as much a part of her DNA as her Puerto Rican heritage and her ingrained affection for New York and New Orleans. Randy Lewis,, "To Hurray for the Riff Raff's Alynda Segarra, the personal is political," 29 June 2018 Using substantial scientific data, sociological research, and anecdotal evidence, Dusenbery sheds light on the medical gender bias: a deeply ingrained, widespread issue that prevents women from receiving adequate medical care. Nina Maclaughlin,, "Bobbie’s Meadow to open at Carle museum; local groups get NEA grants," 15 June 2018 These changes will be tough; Miss America has been around for almost 100 years and has a deeply ingrained place in people’s hearts. Kira Kazantsev, Time, "'After #MeToo, Miss America Had to Change': A Former Winner on Saying Goodbye to the Swimsuit Competition," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of ingrained

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of ingrained

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

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