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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Other Words from ingrained

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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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 Over 100 years of rich history, deeply ingrained at St Andrew's has now been tarnished with the signing of a new naming rights deal on the stadium., "St Andrew's Undergoes Ridiculous Name Change as Birmingham City Sell Out in New Rights Deal," 14 June 2018 The ongoing conflict and worsening security situation across the country — combined with deeply ingrained poverty and discrimination against girls — have pushed the rate of out-of-school children up for the first time since 2002 levels. New York Times, "More Afghan Children Are Out of School, Reversing a Trend," 4 June 2018 Unlike Parkland, which skews liberal, Santa Fe is a largely conservative town with a deeply ingrained gun culture. Jacob Carpenter, Houston Chronicle, "Santa Fe students say ‘inaction is not an option’ after school shooting," 25 May 2018 The element of surprise that was so ingrained in the runway show experience had disappeared. Mackenzie Wagoner, Glamour, "How Athleisure Evolved Into Fashion's Obsession With All Things Outdoors," 20 Nov. 2018 Ultimately, Cruz, who argued in his campaign that O’Rourke was too far to the left, showed that conservatism is still deeply ingrained in Texas. Tara Golshan, Vox, "Ted Cruz reelected to the US Senate after a surprisingly competitive race," 7 Nov. 2018 Siri is so ingrained in Apple’s platform that competing virtual assistants can’t quite match its convenience or the speed of accessing it, but Google is taking advantage of every tool at its disposal to get closer. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Google Assistant just got much better and more convenient on iOS thanks to Siri Shortcuts," 21 Nov. 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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