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en·trench

(ĕn-trĕnch′) also in·trench (ĭn-)
v. en·trenched, en·trench·ing, en·trench·es also in·trenched or in·trench·ing or in·trench·es
v.tr.
1. To provide with a trench, especially for the purpose of fortifying or defending.
2. To fix firmly or securely: "Today managed care plans are entrenched in the economy, enrolling 61 percent of the population" (Peter T. Kilborn).
v.intr.
1. To dig or occupy a trench.
2. To encroach, infringe, or trespass.

en·trench′ment n.

entrench

(ɪnˈtrɛntʃ) or

intrench

vb
1. (Military) (tr) to construct (a defensive position) by digging trenches around it
2. (tr) to fix or establish firmly, esp so as to prevent removal or change
3. (intr; foll by on or upon) to trespass or encroach; infringe
enˈtrenched, inˈtrenched adj
enˈtrencher, inˈtrencher n

en•trench

(ɛnˈtrɛntʃ)

v.t.
1. to place in a position of strength; establish firmly or solidly.
2. to dig trenches for defensive purposes around (oneself, a military position, etc.).
v.i.
3. to encroach; trespass; infringe (usu. fol. by on or upon): to entrench on the rights of another.
[1545–55]
en•trench′ment, n.

entrench


Past participle: entrenched
Gerund: entrenching

Imperative
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Present
I entrench
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we entrench
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Preterite
I entrenched
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Present Continuous
I am entrenching
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Present Perfect
I have entrenched
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Past Continuous
I was entrenching
you were entrenching
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you were entrenching
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Past Perfect
I had entrenched
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we had entrenched
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Future
I will entrench
you will entrench
he/she/it will entrench
we will entrench
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Future Perfect
I will have entrenched
you will have entrenched
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Future Continuous
I will be entrenching
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you will be entrenching
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Present Perfect Continuous
I have been entrenching
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he/she/it has been entrenching
we have been entrenching
you have been entrenching
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Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been entrenching
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he/she/it will have been entrenching
we will have been entrenching
you will have been entrenching
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Past Perfect Continuous
I had been entrenching
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we had been entrenching
you had been entrenching
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Conditional
I would entrench
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we would entrench
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Past Conditional
I would have entrenched
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.entrench - fix firmly or securely
fasten, fix, secure - cause to be firmly attached; "fasten the lock onto the door"; "she fixed her gaze on the man"
2.entrench - impinge or infringe upon; "This impinges on my rights as an individual"; "This matter entrenches on other domains"
take advantage, trespass - make excessive use of; "You are taking advantage of my good will!"; "She is trespassing upon my privacy"
3.entrench - occupy a trench or secured area; "The troops dug in for the night"

entrench

verb fix, set, establish, plant, seat, settle, root, install, lodge, anchor, implant, embed, dig in, ensconce, ingrain This policy is likely to entrench racial divisions and resentments.

entrench

verb
To implant so deeply as to make change nearly impossible:
Translations
befesteforskansestyrke

entrench

[ɪnˈtrentʃ] VT
1. (= consolidate) → consolidar, afianzar
to entrench o.s.consolidarse, afianzarse
to entrench o.s. in a position/an ideaatrincherarse en una posición/idea
2. (Mil) → atrincherar
to entrench o.s.atrincherarse

entrench

vt (Mil) → eingraben, verschanzen
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And Clerval--could aught ill entrench on the noble spirit of Clerval?
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