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engrained

[en-greynd, en-greynd] /ɛnˈgreɪnd, ˈɛnˌgreɪnd/
adjective
1.
Related forms
engrainedly
[en-grey-nid-lee, -greynd-] /ɛnˈgreɪ nɪd li, -ˈgreɪnd-/ (Show IPA),
adverb

engrain

[en-greyn] /ɛnˈgreɪn/
verb (used with object), adjective
1.
ingrain (defs 1, 2).
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Examples from the web for engrained
  • It is so engrained in them that they must give that one correct answer.
  • With a tradition so deeply engrained, it won't be easy.
  • In other words, the focus on working the system for maximum economic benefit is so engrained it has almost become heredity.
  • Scotch is pretty deeply engrained into the people, but among the gentry it is receding shockingly.
  • Yet the engrained belief in self-reliance and small government remains as well.
  • Since advertising is so engrained in our lives, marketing companies feel the pressure to get creative.
  • Besides, the tattoo is engrained in their skin so it's not a distraction to a hitter.
  • Another problem would arise if higher inflation became engrained in people's expectations.
  • Each nation is still engrained in its tribal cluster.
  • Words cannot express our deep sorrow, she will be engrained forever in our hearts.
British Dictionary definitions for engrained

ingrained

/ɪnˈɡreɪnd/
adjective
1.
deeply impressed or instilled: his fears are deeply ingrained
2.
(prenominal) complete or inveterate; utter: an ingrained fool
3.
(esp of dirt) worked into or through the fibre, grain, pores, etc
Derived Forms
ingrainedly, engrainedly (ɪnˈɡreɪnɪdlɪ) adverb
ingrainedness, engrainedness, noun

engrain

/ɪnˈɡreɪn/
verb
1.
a variant spelling of ingrain
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Word Origin and History for engrained

engrain

v.

late 14c., originally "(dye) in grain," from French phrase en graine, from graine "seed of a plant," also "cochineal" (the source of the dye was thought to be berries), thus "fast-dyed." Later associated with grain in the sense of "the fiber of a thing." Related: Engrained.

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