entrench

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verb en·trench \ in-ˈtrench , en- \
variants: or less commonly play \in-ˈtrench\

Definition of entrench

transitive verb
1 a :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

entrenchment

play \in-ˈtrench-mənt, en-\ noun

Examples of entrench in a Sentence

  1. officials who have tried to entrench themselves in office

  2. a father who entrenched in our minds the belief that hard work pays off

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First Known Use of entrench

1548

entrench Synonyms

Synonyms
bed, embed (also imbed), enroot, fix, impact, implant, ingrain (also engrain), lodge, root
Antonyms
dislodge, root (out), uproot
Related Words
imbue, infuse, instill; beat (into), drive (into); establish, place, put, settle, stick
Near Antonyms
eliminate, eradicate; eject, expel; detach, disconnect, disengage, remove

ENTRENCH Defined for English Language Learners

entrench

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Definition of entrench for English Language Learners

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



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