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ingrained

adjective
variants: also engrained

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(Entry 1 of 2)

being a part of the innermost nature of a person or thing
  • her deeply ingrained distrust of all authority

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ingrained

verb
variants: also engrained
past tense of ingrain

Synonyms & Antonyms of ingrained (Entry 2 of 2)

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 third-world 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
  • tried to ingrain traditional values in their children

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The first known use of ingrained was in 1599

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“Ingrained.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/ingrained. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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