in·​grained | \ˈin-ˌgrānd, (ˌ)in-ˈgrānd \
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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ingrainedly or less commonly engrainedly \ ˈin-​ˌgrā-​nəd-​lē , 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 new leadership also faces the daunting task of addressing decades of ingrained corruption, inefficiency and poorly maintained infrastructure. Fortune, "Puerto Rico's Bankrupt Utility Has No Leader After Pay Scandal," 12 July 2018 Though the term has gotten a lot of attention, many of the behaviors are so culturally ingrained that rooting them out is more complex than firing one bad actor. Cara Kelly, USA TODAY, "'Death by a thousand cuts': How minor incidents of harassment create toxic environments for women," 12 June 2018 Military occupations strained both the patience of taxpayers and the ingrained suspicion of military rule in American minds. Allen C. Guelzo, Time, "Reconstruction Didn't Fail. It Was Overthrown," 30 Apr. 2018 It's become ingrained in so many aspects of our lives. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky wants to drink bourbon for its birthday - not worry about it," 1 June 2018 To a driver, a blinking red light is both eye-catching and an ingrained notice to pull over. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, "The Troubling Rise of the Ghost Bike," 9 July 2018 So deeply ingrained is our confusion about time that any displacement of it can feel weird, and a big one can feel downright trippy. Timothy Morton, The Atlantic, "The Hurricane in My Backyard," 8 July 2018 That narrative, that America’s drug economy represents a complicated but beneficent market system at work, is so ingrained it is usually stated as fact, even in the media. Alexander Zaitchik, The New Republic, "How Big Pharma Was Captured by the One Percent," 28 June 2018 The technical stuff is already becoming ingrained in Beasley’s head. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "Why Cowboys' Cole Beasley is confident he'll rebound from worst season of career," 13 June 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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