ingrained

adjective
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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web These stories are as ingrained in African American culture as deeply as the historical narratives of slaves and sharecroppers. al, "Will the Tuskegee Syphilis Study keep Blacks from taking COVID vaccine?," 14 Dec. 2020 Concerns that a shot was rushed out could undermine vaccination efforts in a country with deeply ingrained skepticism about vaccines. Matthew Perrone, chicagotribune.com, "Trucks with first COVID-19 vaccine for widespread use in the US set to roll out of Pfizer manufacturing plant in Michigan," 13 Dec. 2020 Concerns that a shot was rushed out could undermine vaccination efforts in a country with deeply ingrained skepticism about vaccines. Anchorage Daily News, "COVID-19 vaccine shipments set in motion the biggest vaccination effort in American history," 13 Dec. 2020 Concerns that a shot was rushed out could undermine vaccination efforts in a country with deeply ingrained skepticism about vaccines. CBS News, "COVID vaccine distribution underway as first trucks hit the road," 13 Dec. 2020 Concerns that a shot was rushed out could undermine vaccination efforts in a country with deeply ingrained skepticism about vaccines. Matthew Perrone, chicagotribune.com, "Trucks with first COVID-19 vaccine for widespread use in the US set to roll out of Pfizer manufacturing plant in Michigan," 13 Dec. 2020 Concerns that a shot was rushed out could undermine vaccination efforts in a country with deeply ingrained skepticism about vaccines. Anchorage Daily News, "COVID-19 vaccine shipments set in motion the biggest vaccination effort in American history," 13 Dec. 2020 Concerns that a shot was rushed out could undermine vaccination efforts in a country with deeply ingrained skepticism about vaccines. CBS News, "COVID vaccine distribution underway as first trucks hit the road," 13 Dec. 2020 Concerns that a shot was rushed out could undermine vaccination efforts in a country with deeply ingrained skepticism about vaccines. Arkansas Online, "U.S. says covid-19 vaccine to start arriving in states Monday," 12 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of ingrained

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Ingrained.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ingrained. Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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ingrained

adjective
How to pronounce ingrained (audio) How to pronounce ingrained (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of ingrained

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

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