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

Definition of ingrained

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

Other Words from ingrained

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

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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17 May 2022

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“Ingrained.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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