en·​trench | \ in-ˈtrench How to pronounce entrench (audio) , en- \
variants: or less commonly \ in-​ˈtrench How to pronounce entrench (audio) \
entrenched also intrenched; entrenching also intrenching; entrenches also intrenches

Definition of entrench

transitive verb

1a : to place within or surround with a trench especially for defense
b : to place (oneself) in a strong defensive position
c : to establish solidly entrenched themselves in the business
2 : to cut into : furrow specifically : to erode downward so as to form a trench

intransitive verb

1 : to dig or occupy a trench for defensive purposes
2 : to enter upon or take over something unfairly, improperly, or unlawfully : encroach used with on or upon

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entrenchment \ in-​ˈtrench-​mənt How to pronounce entrench (audio) , en-​ \ noun

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Examples of entrench in a Sentence

officials who have tried to entrench themselves in office a father who entrenched in our minds the belief that hard work pays off
Recent Examples on the Web Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill, neither signed beyond 2021, don't have long to entrench themselves as the heir apparent. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "11 NFL teams that might turn heads by picking a quarterback in 2021 draft," 16 Apr. 2021 That division, public-health experts warn, could entrench inequalities and dissuade vaccine-hesitant populations precisely when governments need to shore up their confidence. Yasmeen Serhan, The Atlantic, "There Is No Shortcut Back to Normal," 7 Apr. 2021 But the two-time second-team All-Big 10 selection showed enough promise to entrench himself as a likely first-round pick bound for better things. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "10 NFL draft prospects who could have better careers as pros: Davis Mills, Jayson Oweh could break out," 10 Apr. 2021 The bill would further entrench among large buy-side investors the perception that the industry is getting interesting. WSJ, "Health Care Roundup: Market Talk," 25 Mar. 2021 No longer are we supposed to see past race, for we are instructed to entrench ourselves further in it. Tristan Yang, National Review, "Columbia University’s Ultra-Woke Idea: Segregated Graduation Ceremonies," 23 Mar. 2021 The NOLA Gold Foundation, established to entrench the club in the community through various outreach programs, has kept dozens of at-risk youth in positive activities throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. Christopher Dodson, Forbes, "NOLA Gold Moving Into New Stadium For 2021 Major League Rugby Season," 19 Mar. 2021 The alternative — to leave poorer countries behind — would only entrench abject inequality. Kristalina Georgieva For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "The global economy won't recover if we don't get vaccines to developing countries, too," 7 Mar. 2021 The common thread in all three lawsuits is the accusation that Google has engaged in anti-competitive conduct designed to entrench its monopoly position, instead of purely trying to win on the merits. Gilad Edelman, Wired, "Google’s Antitrust Cases: A Guide for the Perplexed," 18 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of entrench

1548, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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The first known use of entrench was in 1548

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25 Apr 2021

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“Entrench.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entrench. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of entrench

: to place (someone or something) in a very strong position that cannot easily be changed

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