- 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 entrenched
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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
He meant supremely to be safe, and to that end he had entrenched himself on every side.The Prisoner
The entrenched Turks were strong enough to withstand the attack of the Bulgarian forces.Bulgaria
The Germans were entrenched in the gardens and walled enclosures of the village.The Young Franc Tireurs
G. A. Henty
- (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 entrenched
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