- 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.).
- to encroach; trespass; infringe (usually followed by on or upon): to entrench on the domain or rights of another.
Origin of entrench
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1. settle, ensconce, set, implant, embed.
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Examples from the Web for entrench
In 1905, a group of Indians from a variety of native peoples united to entrench “tribal sovereignty” against federal power.One U.S. Constitution Just Wasn’t Enough
July 4, 2014
The peace treaty was also a chance to distract from his interest in working to entrench Israel sovereignty over the West Bank.Rubio Needs A Lesson In Peace Process History
Brent E. Sasley
February 25, 2013
A dogmatic person will entrench himself in his dearly held beliefs and vigorously fight that truth.Republicans: Check Your Premises
November 9, 2012
That means, as Defense Secretary Robert Gates recently noted, that a military strike will likely entrench Iranian tyranny.The Right's Democracy Hypocrisy
December 6, 2010
They entrench themselves in fortresses against the Indians and wild beasts.The Field of Ice
Some entrench the gates, or bring up supply of stones and poles.The Aeneid of Virgil</p>
The convicts might entrench themselves at that point, and defend it.In Search of the Castaways
But we will entrench and defend ourselves till your return.'Our Home in the Silver West
"Every time you bribe these rascals for a franchise you entrench them," he cried.A Far Country, Complete
- (tr) to construct (a defensive position) by digging trenches around it
- (tr) to fix or establish firmly, esp so as to prevent removal or change
- (intr; foll by on or upon) to trespass or encroach; infringe
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Word Origin and History for entrench
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