entrench

verb
en·​trench | \ in-ˈtrench How to pronounce entrench (audio) , en-\
variants: or less commonly \ in-​ˈtrench How to pronounce intrench (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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Other Words from entrench

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for entrench

Synonyms

bed, embed (also imbed), enroot, fix, impact, implant, ingrain (also engrain), lodge, root

Antonyms

dislodge, root (out), uproot

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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

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The victory in Lyon, coupled with the drive for equal pay, will further entrench the U.S. team as a symbol for female athletes elsewhere. David Crary, courant.com, "U.S. women’s team boldly embraces off-the-field activist role," 9 July 2019 The victory in Lyon, coupled with the drive for equal pay, will further entrench the U.S. team as a symbol for female athletes elsewhere. David Crary, The Denver Post, "USWNT boldly embraces off-the-field activist role," 8 July 2019 In recent months, at least 11 presidential candidates have thrown their support behind studying reparations, noting that the federal government greatly benefited from slavery and then allowed policy to entrench inequity over generations. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "America is having an unprecedented debate about reparations. What comes next?," 20 June 2019 But over the course of the year, opponents accused his Brotherhood of hijacking the revolution and using elections to entrench their own control. Time, "Egypt's Former President Mohammed Morsi Dies in Court During Trial," 17 June 2019 Behold how liberals are attempting to entrench the Obama Presidency. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Entrenching the Obama Presidency," 5 Apr. 2019 But over the course of the year, opponents accused his Brotherhood of hijacking the revolution and trying to entrench Islamist rule. Samy Magdy, Anchorage Daily News, "Egypt’s ousted president Mohammed Morsi dies in court while facing trial," 17 June 2019 Sporting a white and blue kit for the first time in 60 years, Brazil got off to a slow start in front of the home support, failing to break down a stubborn Bolivia side that were often entrenched in their own half. SI.com, "Copa America Recap: Philippe Coutinho Nets Brace as Brazil Get Off to Perfect Start Against Bolivia," 15 June 2019 With Dunn entrenched as Auburn’s catcher, Ross transferred to Florida after the 1997 season and hit 19 homers as a junior the following year for the Gators. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al.com, "Auburn’s College World Series run brings up fond memories of 1997 Omaha trip," 15 June 2019

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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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entrench

verb

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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