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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
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).
1. To dig or occupy a trench.
2. To encroach, infringe, or trespass.
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
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.
Past participle: entrenched
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|Verb||1.||entrench - fix firmly or securely|
|2.||entrench - impinge or infringe upon; "This impinges on my rights as an individual"; "This matter entrenches on other domains"|
|3.||entrench - occupy a trench or secured area; "The troops dug in for the night"|