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ingrain

verb
variants: also engrain

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1 to cause (as a person) to become filled or saturated with a certain quality or principle
  • The journalism professor has long ingrained his students with a deep respect for their chosen profession.
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2 to produce a vivid impression of
  • The privation he had witnessed forever ingrained itself upon the young doctor's memory.
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3 to set solidly in or as if in surrounding matter
  • The Browns tried to ingrain traditional values in their children.
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infuse, suffuse, imbue, ingrain, inoculate, leaven mean to introduce one thing into another so as to affect it throughout. infuse implies a pouring in of something that gives new life or significance.
    • new members infused enthusiasm into the club
suffuse implies a spreading through of something that gives an unusual color or quality.
    • a room suffused with light
imbue implies the introduction of a quality that fills and permeates the whole being.
    • imbue students with intellectual curiosity
ingrain, used only in the passive or past participle, suggests the deep implanting of a quality or trait.
    • clung to ingrained habits
inoculate implies an imbuing or implanting with a germinal idea and often suggests stealth or subtlety.
    • an electorate inoculated with dangerous ideas
leaven implies introducing something that enlivens, tempers, or markedly alters the total quality.
    • a serious play leavened with comic moments

ingrain

adjective

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being a part of the innermost nature of a person or thing
  • an ingrain skepticism that saves him from falling for every hoax that comes along
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in one's blood

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