also intrench verb Date: 1548 transitive verb 1. a. to place within or surround with a trench especially for defense b. to place (oneself) in a strong defensive position c. to establish solidly <
entrenched themselves in the business
2. to cut into ; furrow; specifically to erode downward so as to form a trench intransitive verb 1. to dig or occupy a trench for defensive purposes 2. to enter upon or take over something unfairly, improperly, or unlawfully ; encroach — used with on or uponentrenchment noun

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  • entrench — UK US /ɪnˈtrentʃ/ verb [T] ► to establish something firmly so that it cannot be changed: »This bold and comprehensive programme aims to restore growth, entrench low inflation, and reduce the public debt. ● entrench yourself Cf. entrench yourself …   Financial and business terms

  • entrench — [v1] establish, make inroads anchor, confirm, define, dig in, embed, ensconce, fence, fix, fortify, found, ground, hole up, implant, infix, ingrain, install, lodge, plant, protect, root, seat, set, settle, strengthen; concepts 518,710 entrench… …   New thesaurus

  • entrench — en*trench , v. t. 1. (Mil.) To surround with a trench or with intrenchments, as in fortification; to fortify with a ditch and parapet. Same as {intrench}. [1913 Webster] 2. to establish in a position from which dislodgement is difficult; to place …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • entrench — index embed, fix (make firm), impose (intrude), overstep Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • entrench — (v.) 1550s, implied in intrenched, from EN (Cf. en ) (1) make, put in + TRENCH (Cf. trench). Figurative use is from 1590s. Related: Entrenched; entrenching …   Etymology dictionary

  • entrench — encroach, *trespass, infringe, invade Analogous words: *monopolize, engross, consume, absorb: interpose, interfere, intervene …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • entrench — meaning ‘to establish firmly’, is spelt en , not in …   Modern English usage

  • entrench — ► VERB 1) establish (something) so firmly that change is difficult. 2) establish (a military force, camp, etc.) in trenches or other fortified positions. DERIVATIVES entrenchment noun …   English terms dictionary

  • entrench — [en trench′, intrench′] vt. [ EN 1 + TRENCH] 1. to surround or fortify with a trench or trenches 2. to establish securely: used in the passive voice or with a reflexive pronoun [an official entrenched in office] 3. to cut down into, as by erosion …   English World dictionary

  • entrench — [[t]ɪntre̱ntʃ[/t]] entrenches, entrenching, entrenched VERB If something such as power, a custom, or an idea is entrenched, it is firmly established, so that it would be difficult to change it. [V n] ...a series of measures designed to entrench… …   English dictionary

  • entrench — /ɛnˈtrɛntʃ / (say en trench), /ən / (say uhn ) verb (t) 1. to dig trenches for defensive purposes around (oneself, a military position, etc.). 2. to place in a position of strength; establish firmly: the soldiers entrenched themselves behind a… …   Australian English dictionary

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