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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The whole thing goes to show just how ingrained conventional beauty standards are. Glamour, "Does Gucci’s New Lipstick Ad Make You Uncomfortable? Good," 6 May 2019 In Sweden, anxieties about immigration have been caused less by ingrained prejudices than by pragmatic concerns. Sheri Berman, WSJ, "A Populist Surprise in Sweden," 7 Sep. 2018 While the Implicit Association Test is the most widely used way of measuring ingrained prejudice, critics say its methodology — testing how quickly a user associates certain words with certain groups — may not be reliable. NBC News, "How training doctors in implicit bias could save the lives of black mothers," 11 May 2018 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

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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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