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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

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

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'

Pavane thanked her; he had politeness ingrained in him, not the diplomatic sort.
Jon Cleary YESTERDAY'S SHADOW (2002)
The filth of the roads was ingrained in the lines of his face.
Hilton, John Buxton Displaced Person
`Able was I ere I saw Elba "was ingrained in every schoolchild's mind.
Aird, Catherine A Dead Liberty


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