- Entrench is defined as to surround or securely establish, or to invade personal space.
- 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.
entrench definition by Webster's New World
- 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: en- plush trench
to encroach or infringe (on or upon)
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- entrenchment noun
entrench definition by American Heritage Dictionary
also in·trenchverb en·trenched also in·trenched, en·trench·ing also in·trench·ing, en·trench·es also in·trench·es verb, transitive
- 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.
- en·trenchˈment noun