variants or less commonly engrained
: forming a part of the essence or inmost being : deep-seated
ingrained prejudice
: worked into the grain or fiber
ˈin-ˌgrā-nəd-lē How to pronounce ingrained (audio)
(ˌ)in-ˈgrā-nəd-lē How to pronounce ingrained (audio)
or less commonly engrainedly

Examples of ingrained in a Sentence

These attitudes are very deeply ingrained in the culture. her deeply ingrained distrust of all authority
Recent Examples on the Web The enemy of my enemy is my friend is one of the most ingrained dynamics of collective life. The Editors, National Review, 10 Jan. 2024 De Meyer has experienced how deeply ingrained these differences are. Simon Makin, Scientific American, 1 Feb. 2024 Scholars routinely scoff at Hegel’s comment that history ended in the West, and yet the steppe restoration shows just how ingrained the notion remains. Manvir Singh, The New Yorker, 25 Dec. 2023 Wakefield was deeply ingrained in the fiery Red Sox-Yankees rivalry. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, 1 Oct. 2023 While it’s long been known that mindsets can make a big difference in academic performance and navigating stress, evidence is mounting that targeting some of our most ingrained, habitual beliefs and replacing them with more adaptive ones can rev up our ability to keep ourselves healthy. Jenny Taitz, WSJ, 14 Oct. 2023 The problem went back to Soviet times, when manufacturers routinely bribed officials to purchase overpriced gear, and graft was deeply ingrained in the operation of the defense ministry. Daniel Block, The Atlantic, 19 Dec. 2023 This is a book that clearly took a long time to research and write; its insights are deeply ingrained, its observations carefully rendered rather than overstated. Chris Vognar, Los Angeles Times, 1 Dec. 2023 All but ignored in the debate was how ingrained Saudi Arabia is in virtually all parts of the world economy – the Saudis gain most of their influence by supplying around 15% of the world’s petroleum – and the inroads the kingdom was already making into sports. Eddie Pells, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of ingrained was in 1599

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“Ingrained.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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: worked into the grain or fiber
: forming a part of the inmost being : deep-seated
ingrained attitudes

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