[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.

Nearby words

  1. engorge,
  2. engorged,
  3. engorgement,
  4. engr,
  5. engr.,
  6. engrail,
  7. engrailed,
  8. engrain,
  9. engrained,
  10. engram

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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