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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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  • 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


(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 entrenched



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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