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engrained (ɪnˈɡreɪnd) 



  1. = ingrained

ingrained or engrained (ɪnˈɡreɪnd Pronunciation for )



  1. deeply impressed or instilled   ⇒ his fears are deeply ingrained
  2. (prenominal) complete or inveterate; utter   ⇒ an ingrained fool
  3. (esp of dirt) worked into or through the fibre, grain, pores, etc

Derived Forms

ingrainedly, engrainedly (ɪnˈɡreɪnɪdlɪ Pronunciation for  adverb
inˈgrainedness, enˈgrainedness noun

engrain (ɪnˈɡreɪn Pronunciation for engrain



  1. a variant spelling of ingrain

ingrain or engrain



 (ɪnˈɡreɪn Pronunciation for (transitive)
  1. to impress deeply on the mind or nature; instil
  2. (archaic) to dye into the fibre of (a fabric)


 (ˈɪnˌɡreɪn Pronunciation for
  1. variants of ingrained
  2. (of woven or knitted articles, esp rugs and carpets) made of dyed yarn or of fibre that is dyed before being spun into yarn


 (ˈɪnˌɡreɪn Pronunciation for
    1. a carpet made from ingrained yarn
    2. such yarn

Word Origin

C18: from the phrase dyed in grain dyed with kermes through the fibre

Example Sentences Including 'engrained'

I poured bottles of water over me to try to clean off some of the sand that had become engrained on my skin.
Oliver Poole BLACK KNIGHTS: On the Bloody Road to Baghdad (2003)
I was brought up as a Quaker so social responsibility was engrained in me early.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
It was trivial stuff and it got engrained , so I stopped doing them.
Times, Sunday Times (2005)
It's a heritage that's as powerfully symbolic and deeply engrained.
Globe and Mail (2003)
The child reaches girlhood - or boy-hood - with obedience engrained in its character.
Brent-Dyer, Elinor Adrienne and the Chalet School


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