engrain

[ en-greyn ]
/ ɛnˈgreɪn /

verb (used with object), adjective


Nearby words

  1. engr,
  2. engr.,
  3. engraft,
  4. engrail,
  5. engrailed,
  6. engrained,
  7. engram,
  8. engraphia,
  9. engrave,
  10. engraved

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British Dictionary definitions for engrain

engrain

/ (ɪnˈɡreɪn) /

verb

a variant spelling of ingrain
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Word Origin and History for engrain

engrain

v.

late 14c., originally "(dye) in grain," from French phrase en graine, from graine "seed of a plant," also "cochineal" (the source of the dye was thought to be berries), thus "fast-dyed." Later associated with grain in the sense of "the fiber of a thing." Related: Engrained.

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