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entrench

[en-trench] /ɛnˈtrɛntʃ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to place in a position of strength; establish firmly or solidly:
safely entrenched behind undeniable facts.
2.
to dig trenches for defensive purposes around (oneself, a military position, etc.).
verb (used without object)
3.
to encroach; trespass; infringe (usually followed by on or upon):
to entrench on the domain or rights of another.
Also, intrench.
Origin of entrench
1545-1555
First recorded in 1545-55; en-1 + trench
Related forms
reentrench, verb
unentrenched, adjective
Synonyms
1. settle, ensconce, set, implant, embed.
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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

entrench

/ɪnˈtrɛntʃ/
verb
1.
(transitive) to construct (a defensive position) by digging trenches around it
2.
(transitive) to fix or establish firmly, esp so as to prevent removal or change
3.
(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
v.

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

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