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[en-trench] /ɛnˈtrɛntʃ/
verb (used with object)
to place in a position of strength; establish firmly or solidly:
safely entrenched behind undeniable facts.
to dig trenches for defensive purposes around (oneself, a military position, etc.).
verb (used without object)
to encroach; trespass; infringe (usually followed by on or upon):
to entrench on the domain or rights of another.
Also, intrench.
Origin of entrench
First recorded in 1545-55; en-1 + trench
Related forms
reentrench, verb
unentrenched, adjective
1. settle, ensconce, set, implant, embed. Unabridged
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  • They entrench themselves in fortresses against the Indians and wild beasts.

    The Field of Ice Jules Verne
  • Some entrench the gates, or bring up supply of stones and poles.

  • The convicts might entrench themselves at that point, and defend it.

  • But we will entrench and defend ourselves till your return.'

  • "Every time you bribe these rascals for a franchise you entrench them," he cried.

    A Far Country, Complete Winston Churchill
  • And in his uncertainty he made it a point to entrench himself by means of “politics.”

    The Shadow Arthur Stringer
British Dictionary definitions for entrench


(transitive) to construct (a defensive position) by digging trenches around it
(transitive) to fix or establish firmly, esp so as to prevent removal or change
(intransitive; foll by on or upon) to trespass or encroach; infringe
Derived Forms
entrenched, intrenched, adjective
entrencher, intrencher, noun
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Word Origin and History for entrench

1550s, implied in intrenched, from en- (1) "make, put in" + trench. Figurative use is from 1590s. Related: Entrenched; entrenching.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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