in·​grained | \ ˈin-ˌgrānd How to pronounce ingrained (audio) , (ˌ)in-ˈgrānd How to pronounce ingrained (audio) \
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 How to pronounce engrainedly (audio) , 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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Her default position, her family said, is one of subtle hilarity and a deeply ingrained genuineness, compassion and trustworthiness. Josh Kovner,, "Chemistry and calm, then loneliness and turbulence in the marriage of missing New Canaan mother Jennifer Farber Dulos," 23 June 2019 The problem for Democrats is that the ideology of race, gender and class is now so deeply ingrained on the political left that no one dares to challenge it. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Democrats’ Identity Meltdown," 10 Feb. 2019 So some of the startup-y qualities … issues that a union attempts to tackle, were most ingrained with SB Nation. Jacob Feldman,, "2019 NBA Draft Media Preview: What to Expect from TV Broadcasts, Twitter and More," 20 June 2019 By the same token, the film highlights the ingrained homophobia in the Latino community. Carlos Aguilar, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Unlikely friendship blossoms in ‘Papi Chulo’," 20 June 2019 Still, Kim has shown himself in some ways to be a new leader breaking with North Korea's ingrained culture. Krys Lee, Dallas News, "Book peers inside the hidden life of N. Korea's Kim Jong Un," 18 June 2019 But this kind of institution is also an ingrained part of Los Angeles; entrenched ideas around power and privilege are uniquely linked to the ways Hollywood has shaped the city. Bill Addison,, "Sinatra hangout Dear John’s is going out in style," 13 June 2019 Here are some ways. Reusable bags > Plastic bags Plastic bags are one of the most ingrained products in American daily life. Leah Asmelash And Michelle Lou, CNN, "Canada and Oregon have banned single-use plastics. Here's how you can too," 12 June 2019 Naming hurricanes and big wildfires is now such an ingrained part of our culture that most people don’t think about how and why naming began or how storms or fires acquire their names., "Why do we name hurricanes?," 4 June 2019

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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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