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ingrained or engrained (ɪnˈɡreɪnd Pronunciation for )

Definitions

adjective

  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

ingrain or engrain

Definitions

verb

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

adjective

 (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

noun

 (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

Translations for 'ingrained'

  • British English: ingrained Ingrained habits and beliefs are difficult to change or remove. ADJECTIVEMorals tend to be deeply ingrained.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: arraigado
  • Chinese: 根深蒂固的习惯或信仰
  • European Spanish: arraigado arraigada
  • French: enraciné enracinée
  • German: eingefleischt
  • Italian: radicato radicata
  • Japanese: >深くしみついた習慣・考えが
  • Korean: 뿌리 깊은
  • Portuguese: arraigado arraigada
  • Spanish: arraigado arraigada

Example Sentences Including 'ingrained'

Like the 9-to-5 mentality that is ingrained in all of us,' he says.
Business Today (1996)
Mr Cunliffe said tax evasion could become ingrained in an industry, putting operators who paid tax at a competitive disadvantage.
New Zealand Herald (2004)
Pavane thanked her; he had politeness ingrained in him, not the diplomatic sort.
Jon Cleary YESTERDAY'S SHADOW (2002)
She has, it is said, a deeply ingrained resistance to change.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
The filth of the roads was ingrained in the lines of his face.
Hilton, John Buxton Displaced Person
The inevitable response pattern of desperation over the years develops into an ingrained pattern of personality.
Kirsta, Alix Deadlier than the Male
They were so ingrained with their own failure, there was so much garbage you had to hear.
Edmonton Sun (2003)
`Able was I ere I saw Elba "was ingrained in every schoolchild's mind.
Aird, Catherine A Dead Liberty

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