en·​trench | \ in-ˈtrench How to pronounce entrench (audio) , en-\
variants: or less commonly \ in-​ˈtrench How to pronounce intrench (audio) \
entrenched also intrenched; entrenching also intrenching; entrenches also intrenches

Definition of entrench

transitive verb

1a : to place within or surround with a trench especially for defense
b : to place (oneself) in a strong defensive position
c : to establish solidly entrenched themselves in the business
2 : to cut into : furrow specifically : to erode downward so as to form a trench

intransitive verb

1 : to dig or occupy a trench for defensive purposes
2 : to enter upon or take over something unfairly, improperly, or unlawfully : encroach used with on or upon

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Other Words from entrench

entrenchment \ in-​ˈtrench-​mənt How to pronounce entrenchment (audio) , en-​ \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for entrench


bed, embed (also imbed), enroot, fix, impact, implant, ingrain (also engrain), lodge, root


dislodge, root (out), uproot

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Examples of entrench in a Sentence

officials who have tried to entrench themselves in office a father who entrenched in our minds the belief that hard work pays off

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They were entrenched in artist development and were damn good at it. Karen Bliss, Billboard, "SOCAN's Michael McCarty: We're Entering the 'Most Prosperous' Era in the History of Recorded Music," 4 June 2019 Otherwise, our nations may soon be entrenched in a nuclear standoff more precarious, disorienting and economically costly than the Cold War. George P. Shultz, WSJ, "The Threat of Nuclear War Is Still With Us," 10 Apr. 2019 Patients turn to her Los Angeles office with cysts the size of soccer balls, blackheads that have been entrenched for decades, and pimples that have their own pimples. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Dr. Pimple Popper Is Back for Season 3 With a Harrowing and Pus-Filled Trailer," 8 May 2019 Critics say the ultimate purpose is to entrench Palestinians’ dependence. Washington Post, "For Palestinians, Israeli permits a complex tool of control," 1 May 2018 My late grandfather, who was an old-line communist in his day, used to tell me with mixed admiration and regret that FDR had saved capitalism by entrenching institutions that guaranteed broadly shared prosperity. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Top House Democrats join Elizabeth Warren’s push to fundamentally change American capitalism," 14 Dec. 2018 Many facial recognition algorithms still show higher error rates for African-Americans, women, and young people, suggesting the systems might be entrenching societal biases. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "How should we regulate facial recognition?," 29 Aug. 2018 In the same building is the Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater (REDCAT), which is as entrenched in the L.A. cultural scene as the Phil. Maxwell Williams, Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Things to Do in Los Angeles," 1 Mar. 2018 This is not least because the junta, technically known as the National Council for Peace and Order, oversaw the introduction of a new constitution that entrenches the military’s power and the influence of unelected judges and other officials. Anna Fifield, Washington Post, "Will Thailand’s general-prime minister make good on his latest promise to hold elections?," 15 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of entrench

1548, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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The first known use of entrench was in 1548

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English Language Learners Definition of entrench

: to place (someone or something) in a very strong position that cannot easily be changed

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