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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web After graduating from Shorewood High School, Seidman went to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire for three years, then transferred to the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, to entrench himself in the city's magic scene. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ben Seidman, master magician from Milwaukee, can't tour. Doing shows on Zoom, he's busier than ever.," 17 June 2020 Both the players and owners are entrenched in their positions. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Major League Baseball players-owners still far apart in latest return-to-play proposal," 8 June 2020 The consensus of the resentment: Why use a second-round pick on a quarterback, where Carson Wentz is entrenched, instead of selecting a player who could become an immediate starter at another position? Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Titles no recommendation for Tide QBs, analyst says," 4 June 2020 By the time Dooley retired in 1988, Mr. Dye was firmly entrenched at Auburn and didn’t even consider returning to his alma mater. John Zenor, BostonGlobe.com, "Former Auburn football coach Pat Dye dies at 80," 1 June 2020 In the wake of a cold front early Wednesday, North Texas is entrenched in cooler, low humidity weather that will last through Thursday. Dallas News, "Pleasant now, but turning much warmer," 29 Apr. 2020 Nearly two full decades later, Hollywood is fully entrenched in the streaming wars. Tyler Coates, Wired, "With So Many Streaming Services, What Really Sets Them Apart?," 9 Mar. 2020 Fear of radiation is entrenched in the collective psyche, and many people are surprised to learn that shielding can cause problems. Kaiser Health News, oregonlive, "Are X-ray aprons a feel-good measure that hurts diagnoses? Doctors increasingly say yes," 19 Jan. 2020 In the waning days of World War II, George Merz and Raymond McDonogh were entrenched in one of the Allies’ last, but arguably, most pivotal clashes against Hitler’s Nazi war machine. Richard A. Green, The Courier-Journal, "Why we’re sending 2 journalists to the Battle of the Bulge’s 75th anniversary," 10 Dec. 2019

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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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23 Jun 2020

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“Entrench.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entrench. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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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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