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ingrain

verb
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engrain

Synonyms and Antonyms of ingrain

  1. 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 Synonyms of ingrain endue (or indue), imbue, inculcate, infuse (also engrain), inoculate, invest, steep, suffuseWords Related to ingrain animate, charge, enliven, invigorate, leaven; implant, instill, plant; impregnate, permeate, pervade, saturate; deluge, drown, fill, flood, inundate, overwhelm, submergeNear Antonyms of ingrain deprive, divest, strip; clear, empty; eliminate, remove, take away

  2. 2 to produce a vivid impression of the third-world privation he had witnessed forever ingrained itself upon the young doctor's memory Synonyms of ingrain brand, etch, impress, imprint, infix, engrave (also engrain)Words Related to ingrain enroot, imbue, implant, inculcate, infuse, instill; fix, set, stampNear Antonyms of ingrain blot out, erase, expunge, obliterate

  3. 3 to set solidly in or as if in surrounding matter tried to ingrain traditional values in their children Synonyms of ingrain bed, embed (also imbed), enroot, fix, impact, implant, entrench (also engrain), lodge, rootWords Related to ingrain imbue, infuse, instill; beat (into), drive (into); establish, place, put, settle, stickNear Antonyms of ingrain eliminate, eradicate; eject, expel; detach, disconnect, disengage, removeAntonyms of ingrain dislodge, root (out), uproot

Synonym Discussion of ingrain

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

Synonyms and Antonyms of ingrain

  1. 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 Synonyms of ingrain built-in, constitutional, constitutive, essential, hardwired, immanent, inborn, inbred, indigenous, inherent, ingrained (also engrained), innate, integral, intrinsic, native, naturalWords Related to ingrain basic, deep-rooted, elemental, fundamental; congenital, hereditary, inherited, inmost, inner, interior; internal; characteristic, distinctive, peculiar; habitual, inveterate; normal, regular, typicalNear Antonyms of ingrain alien, foreign; accidental, coincidental, incidental; acquired, adscititious; superficial, surface; exterior, externalAntonyms of ingrain adventitious, extraneous, extrinsic


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