entrench

verb en·trench \ in-ˈtrench , en- \
variants: or less commonly play \in-ˈtrench\
Updated on: 17 May 2018

Definition of entrench

1 a : 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
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

entrenchment

play \in-ˈtrench-mənt, en-\ noun

Examples of entrench in a Sentence

  1. officials who have tried to entrench themselves in office

  2. a father who entrenched in our minds the belief that hard work pays off

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First Known Use of entrench

1548

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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ENTRENCH Defined for English Language Learners

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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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