verb in·trench \in-ˈtrench\

less common spelling of

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to place within or surround with a trench especially for defenseb :  to place (oneself) in a strong defensive positionc :  to establish solidly entrenched themselves in the business

  3. 2 :  to cut into :  furrow; specifically :  to erode downward so as to form a trench

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to dig or occupy a trench for defensive purposes

  6. 2 :  to enter upon or take over something unfairly, improperly, or unlawfully :  encroach —used with on or upon

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to criticize severely

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