in·​grained | \ ˈin-ˌgrānd How to pronounce ingrained (audio) , (ˌ)in-ˈgrānd How to pronounce ingrained (audio) \
variants: or less commonly engrained

Definition of ingrained

1 : worked into the grain or fiber
2 : forming a part of the essence or inmost being : deep-seated ingrained prejudice

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Other Words from ingrained

ingrainedly or less commonly engrainedly \ ˈin-​ˌgrā-​nəd-​lē How to pronounce engrainedly (audio) , ˈin-​ˌgrānd-​lē , (ˌ)in-​ˈgrā-​nəd-​lē , -​ˈgrānd-​ \ adverb

Examples of ingrained in a Sentence

These attitudes are very deeply ingrained in the culture. her deeply ingrained distrust of all authority

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Teams don’t have drills for this kind of thing, but hockey players are always noodling with the puck, so the familiarity with both stick and puck becomes ingrained at an early age. Washington Post, "Swing away: Swatting puck out of midair not uncommon or easy," 2 May 2018 The problem in China is that the more standard form of hedging—ordinary short selling—is hardly an option either, thanks to Beijing’s ingrained aversion. Mike Bird, WSJ, "Shorting China: Heads You Lose, Tails You Lose," 14 Feb. 2019 But smaller groups have to rely on stronger solidarity and individual effort, the education for both of which becomes part of their deeply ingrained culture. Reuven Brenner, WSJ, "The Roots of Anti-Semitism," 10 May 2018 Related Fed officials have also been helped by the central bank’s deeply ingrained tradition of nonpartisanship. Greg Ip, WSJ, "The Fed Isn’t the Supreme Court. Thank Goodness," 27 Sep. 2018 What was clear in the aftermath was the deeply ingrained homophobia that existed even in the carefree Big Easy toward LGBTQ citizens. Kerry Reid,, "'View UpStairs' goes back in time to tragic fire in the gay community of 1973 New Orleans," 6 July 2018 Over 100 years of rich history, deeply ingrained at St Andrew's has now been tarnished with the signing of a new naming rights deal on the stadium., "St Andrew's Undergoes Ridiculous Name Change as Birmingham City Sell Out in New Rights Deal," 14 June 2018 The ongoing conflict and worsening security situation across the country — combined with deeply ingrained poverty and discrimination against girls — have pushed the rate of out-of-school children up for the first time since 2002 levels. New York Times, "More Afghan Children Are Out of School, Reversing a Trend," 4 June 2018 Unlike Parkland, which skews liberal, Santa Fe is a largely conservative town with a deeply ingrained gun culture. Jacob Carpenter, Houston Chronicle, "Santa Fe students say ‘inaction is not an option’ after school shooting," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of ingrained

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of ingrained

: existing for a long time and very difficult to change : firmly established

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