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
Recent Examples on the Web Their counsel became ingrained in my approach and taught me how to take policy to the next level. NBC News, "Why having a mentor is crucial for EVERY stage of your career," 7 Jan. 2020 Working on the trains is an ingrained part of her life. Katie Herchenroeder, Quartz, "Women in America’s largest transit system are underground—and under attack," 3 Jan. 2020 According to Izambard, his approach to covering a song so ingrained in culture with Bing Crosby's specific voice is a delicate process. Rob Ledonne, Billboard, "Il Divo Reveals Its Christmas Playlist -- And There Are a Few Surprises," 4 Dec. 2019 These ingrained barriers can be difficult to navigate. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "How to Talk About Race at Thanksgiving," 26 Nov. 2019 Historically the country's ingrained Roman Catholic heritage has reinforced anti-gay and anti-transgender prejudice. NBC News, "Vogue cover spotlights Mexico's indigenous transgender women," 21 Nov. 2019 Yet the parties’ tribal instincts and ingrained hostility stand in the way. The Economist, "Nigel Farage’s Christmas present to Boris Johnson," 14 Nov. 2019 But 53206 stands as an extreme example of how a reputation for ingrained criminality can amplify a neighborhood’s ills, in a poisonous kind of negative feedback loop. Caleb Gayle, The New Republic, "Inside the “Most Incarcerated” Zip Code in the Country," 15 Oct. 2019 In Schenkkan’s LBJ, as conjured by the bravura actor Brian Cox, the idea of a leader who puts his powers of persuasion to work on behalf of ingrained ideals and hopes for the nation comes across as magic realism. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "In ‘The Great Society,’ history marches numbingly on, and on, and on, and on," 2 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of ingrained

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 Jan 2020

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“Ingrained.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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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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