Definition of entrench
1a : to place within or surround with a trench especially for defenseb : to place (oneself) in a strong defensive positionc : to establish solidly entrenched themselves in the business
2 : to cut into : furrow; specifically : to erode downward so as to form a trench
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
entrenchmentplay \in-ˈtrench-mənt, en-\ noun
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
Recent Examples of entrench from the Web
His debut novel is an all-American, contemporary, Western novel about two brothers entrenched in a lifelong and ultimately fatal feud.
At the time of signing, Fisher had failed to entrench himself at the left tackle spot he was drafted to play.
Bin Salman’s ascent entrenches Saudi Arabia’s newly emboldened foreign policy throughout the Middle East—especially its aggressive posture toward its chief regional rival, Iran.
Portland (Mike Richman, The Oregonian/OregonLive) The pick: Justin Patton, C, Creighton The reason: With Jusuf Nurkic entrenched as the starting center, the Trail Blazers can afford to take a patient approach to finding his backup.
The story line that is harder to undermine is the one entrenched among at least half of all Americans about the boss himself.
But while Reese firmly entrenched herself in the dynasty that the University of Maryland built during the ‘90s, the rest of Howard County’s elite talent didn’t necessarily follow in her footsteps.
Perverse Effect Originally intended to stimulate entrepreneurial dynamism, the hands-off approach may have ended up having a perverse effect, allowing a few large companies to entrench their positions and ultimately stifle competition.
AT&T and Verizon would be further entrenched as a duopoly, in which two companies control a market, rather than a monopoly, in which one company does.
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Definition of entrench for English Language Learners
: to place (someone or something) in a very strong position that cannot easily be changed
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