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verb (used with object)
  1. to place in a position of strength; establish firmly or solidly: safely entrenched behind undeniable facts.
  2. to dig trenches for defensive purposes around (oneself, a military position, etc.).
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verb (used without object)
  1. to encroach; trespass; infringe (usually followed by on or upon): to entrench on the domain or rights of another.
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Also intrench.

Origin of entrench

First recorded in 1545–55; en-1 + trench
Related formsre·en·trench, verbun·en·trenched, adjective

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Related Words for entrench

ingrain, strengthen, fortify, ensconce, embed, define, plant, set, fence, confirm, fix, protect, seat, settle, install, lodge, found, implant, infix, root

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  1. (tr) to construct (a defensive position) by digging trenches around it
  2. (tr) to fix or establish firmly, esp so as to prevent removal or change
  3. (intr; foll by on or upon) to trespass or encroach; infringe
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Derived Formsentrenched or intrenched, adjectiveentrencher or intrencher, noun
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Word Origin and History for entrench


1550s, implied in intrenched, from en- (1) "make, put in" + trench. Figurative use is from 1590s. Related: Entrenched; entrenching.

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