- Horticulture. to insert, as a scion of one tree or plant into another, for propagation: to engraft a peach on a plum.
- Surgery. (of living tissue) to become grafted.
Origin of engraft
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Examples from the Web for engraft
And how had such degradations been able to engraft themselves into the blood of his son?Their Son; The Necklace
We have to engraft on despotism those blessings which are the natural fruits of liberty.The Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches of Lord Macaulay, Vol. 4 (of 4)
Thomas Babington Macaulay
They began now to engraft on the crab-apple tree, which was found indigenous.History of the Colony and Ancient Dominion of Virginia
It would be worse than useless to attempt to engraft our marriage customs upon these naive children of Nature.The North Pole
Robert E. Peary
It has the rugged severity of an old chronicle with all that the imagination of the poet can engraft upon traditional belief.Hazlitt on English Literature
- to graft (a shoot, bud, etc) onto a stock
- to incorporate in a firm or permanent way; implantthey engrafted their principles into the document
Word Origin and History for engraft
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