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
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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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