- to place in a position of strength; establish firmly or solidly: safely entrenched behind undeniable facts.
- to dig trenches for defensive purposes around (oneself, a military position, etc.).
- to encroach; trespass; infringe (usually followed by on or upon): to entrench on the domain or rights of another.
Origin of entrench
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- (tr) to construct (a defensive position) by digging trenches around it
- (tr) to fix or establish firmly, esp so as to prevent removal or change
- (intr; foll by on or upon) to trespass or encroach; infringe
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Word Origin and History for reentrench
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