ingrained

[ in-greynd, in-greynd ]
/ ɪnˈgreɪnd, ˈɪnˌgreɪnd /

adjective

firmly fixed; deep-rooted; inveterate: ingrained superstition.
wrought into or through the grain or fiber.

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Origin of ingrained

First recorded in 1590–1600; ingrain + -ed2

OTHER WORDS FROM ingrained

in·grain·ed·ly [in-grey-nid-lee, -greynd-], /ɪnˈgreɪ nɪd li, -ˈgreɪnd-/, adverbin·grain·ed·ness, nounun·in·grained, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ingrained

ingrained

engrained

/ (ɪnˈɡreɪnd) /

adjective

deeply impressed or instilledhis fears are deeply ingrained
(prenominal) complete or inveterate; utteran ingrained fool
(esp of dirt) worked into or through the fibre, grain, pores, etc

Derived forms of ingrained

ingrainedly or engrainedly (ɪnˈɡreɪnɪdlɪ), adverbingrainedness or engrainedness, noun
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