[en-graft, -grahft]

verb (used with object)

Horticulture. to insert, as a scion of one tree or plant into another, for propagation: to engraft a peach on a plum.

verb (used without object)

Surgery. (of living tissue) to become grafted.

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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verb (tr)

to graft (a shoot, bud, etc) onto a stock
to incorporate in a firm or permanent way; implantthey engrafted their principles into the document
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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