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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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  • The enemy meanwhile made use of the opportunity to entrench themselves well.

    On Commando Dietlof Van Warmelo
  • They entrench themselves in fortresses against the Indians and wild beasts.

    The Field of Ice Jules Verne
  • But we will entrench and defend ourselves till your return.'

  • Some entrench the gates, or bring up supply of stones and poles.

  • He preferred to entrench himself in a strong position on the hills above Frth, and to starve his enemy out.

    The Story of Nuremberg Cecil Headlam
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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