entrench[en trenc̸h′, in-]
- An example of entrench is to built trenches around an army campsite.
- An example of entrench is to infringe on a person's right to do something the way they want to do it.
- to surround or fortify with a trench or trenches
- to establish securely: used in the passive voice or with a reflexive pronoun: an official entrenched in office
- to cut down into, as by erosion, so as to form a trough or trench
Origin of entrenchen- + trench
verben·trenched, en·trench·ing, en·trench·es also in·trenched or in·trench·ing or in·trench·es
- To provide with a trench, especially for the purpose of fortifying or defending.
- To fix firmly or securely: “Today managed care plans are entrenched in the economy, enrolling 61 percent of the population” (Peter T. Kilborn).
- To dig or occupy a trench.
- To encroach, infringe, or trespass.
(third-person singular simple present entrenches, present participle entrenching, simple past and past participle entrenched)
- (construction, archaeology) To dig or excavate a trench; to trench.
- (military) To surround or provide with a trench, especially for defense; to dig in.
- The army entrenched its camp, or entrenched itself.
- (figuratively) To establish a substantial position in business, politics, etc.
- To invade; to encroach; to infringe or trespass; to enter on, and take possession of, that which belongs to another; usually followed by on or upon.
- To cut in; to furrow; to make trenches in or upon.
Mid-16th century. en- + trench