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tr.v. in·grained, in·grain·ing, in·grains
1. To fix deeply or indelibly, as in the mind: "A system that had been ingrained for generations could not be easily undone by change from the top" (Doris Kearns Goodwin).
2. Archaic To dye or stain into the fiber of.
1. Deep-seated; ingrained.
2. Made of predyed fibers; thoroughly dyed: ingrain yarn.
3. Made of fiber or yarn dyed before weaving. Used especially of rugs.
1. Yarn or fiber dyed before manufacture.
2. An ingrain rug or carpet.
[Variant of engrain.]
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1. to impress deeply on the mind or nature; instil
2. (Dyeing) archaic to dye into the fibre of (a fabric)
3. variants of ingrained
4. (Dyeing) (of woven or knitted articles, esp rugs and carpets) made of dyed yarn or of fibre that is dyed before being spun into yarn
a. a carpet made from ingrained yarn
b. such yarn
[C18: from the phrase dyed in grain dyed with kermes through the fibre]
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in•grain(v. ɪnˈgreɪn; adj., n. ˈɪnˌgreɪn)
1. to implant or fix deeply and firmly, as in the nature or mind.adj.
2. ingrained; firmly fixed.
3. (of fiber or yarn) dyed in a raw state, before being woven or knitted.
4. made of fiber or yarn so dyed: ingrain fabric.n.
5. yarn, wool, etc., dyed before manufacture.Also, engrain (for defs. 1,2).
[1760–70; orig. phrase (dyed) in grain]
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ingrain, ingrained - Ingrain literally means "work into the grain" (originally, of fabric), and ingrained is metaphorically "deep-seated."
See also related terms for metaphor.
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Past participle: ingrained
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|Verb||1.||ingrain - thoroughly work in; "His hands were grained with dirt"|
|2.||ingrain - produce or try to produce a vivid impression of; "Mother tried to ingrain respect for our elders in us"|
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