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[en-greynd, en-greynd] /ɛnˈgreɪnd, ˈɛnˌgreɪnd/
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[en-grey-nid-lee, -greynd-] /ɛnˈgreɪ nɪd li, -ˈgreɪnd-/ (Show IPA),


[en-greyn] /ɛnˈgreɪn/
verb (used with object), adjective
ingrain (defs 1, 2). Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for engrained
Contemporary Examples
  • That it stems from an engrained sense of unworthiness and shame is something that Dunne is winningly eager to acknowledge.

    After Dominick J. J. Berzelius November 7, 2008
Historical Examples
  • If posted in the van of battle, they will not desert their ranks, because endurance is engrained in them.

    The Sportsman Xenophon
  • You are not young, and engrained habits are difficult to get rid of.

    Miss Mapp Edward Frederic Benson
  • Heathenism, save that which is engrained in the heart of man, had passed away.

    The Makers of Modern Rome Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
  • He understood that the truths which had been engrained into his very being were much like seeds.

    If Any Man Sin H. A. Cody
  • Official corruption is engrained in the character and habits of the Spanish people.

    The English in the West Indies James Anthony Froude
  • The ability to go through the breathing movements is inborn, engrained, enregistered.

  • How engrained in the spirit of the people this sentiment became is evident, even to this day.

  • With them the dirt seems to be engrained and never to be removed, and they could grow potatoes under their nails.

  • Carts, engrained with the mud of years, were taken down to the burn, and came back blue and red.

British Dictionary definitions for engrained


a variant spelling of ingrain
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for engrained



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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