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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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  • At night these animals have to be packed closely in an entrenched camp.

    The Story of the Malakand Field Force Sir Winston S. Churchill
  • Turn a perfectly sound, entrenched business into a blue-sky factory?

    The Big Tomorrow Paul Lohrman
  • He meant supremely to be safe, and to that end he had entrenched himself on every side.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • The entrenched Turks were strong enough to withstand the attack of the Bulgarian forces.

    Bulgaria Frank Fox
  • The Germans were entrenched in the gardens and walled enclosures of the village.

British Dictionary definitions for entrenched

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 entrenched

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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