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[en-graft, -grahft]
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verb (used with object)
  1. Horticulture. to insert, as a scion of one tree or plant into another, for propagation: to engraft a peach on a plum.
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verb (used without object)
  1. Surgery. (of living tissue) to become grafted.
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Also ingraft.

Origin of engraft

First recorded in 1575–85; en-1 + graft1
Related formsen·graf·ta·tion, en·graft·ment, noun
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  • And how had such degradations been able to engraft themselves into the blood of his son?

    Their Son; The Necklace

    Eduardo Zamacois

  • We have to engraft on despotism those blessings which are the natural fruits of liberty.

  • They began now to engraft on the crab-apple tree, which was found indigenous.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for engraft



verb (tr)
  1. to graft (a shoot, bud, etc) onto a stock
  2. to incorporate in a firm or permanent way; implantthey engrafted their principles into the document
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Derived Formsengraftation, ingraftation, engraftment or ingraftment, noun
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Word Origin and History for engraft


1580s, from en- (1) + graft (v.). Related: Engrafted; engrafting.

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