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Definition of the verb entrench

What does entrench mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: entrenched | entrenching | entrenches

  1. fix firmly or securely
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of entrench: intrench
    • more generic words: fasten / fix / secure = cause to be firmly attached
  2. impinge or infringe upon
  3. occupy a trench or secured area
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of entrench: dig in

Alternative definition of the verb entrench


  1. [construction, archeology] To dig or excavate a trench; to trench.
  2. [military] To surround or provide with a trench, especially for defense; to dig in.
  3. [figuratively] To establish a substantial position in business, politics, etc.


Entrench is a musical group.

  • album: "Inevitable Decay"


"Entrench" is the fifth studio album by the Canadian rock band KEN mode. The album was released on March 19, 2013 through Season of Mist. Producer of this album is Matt Bayles.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Entrench

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Google previewOverruling Democracy (2004)

The Supreme Court Versus The American People by Jamin B. Raskin

But the two-party system Minnesota aimed to entrench is a fortified political establishment built on the violation of other citizens' political rights. This self- entrenching two-party system our progressively democratic Constitution should not ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Governance (2007)

by Mark Bevir

Constitutionalization is seeking to entrench an institution, a law, or a process in a document that has democratic legitimacy. Entrench means making it difficult to alter the document, Constitutionalization—— —143.

Google previewProtecting Human Rights (2003)

Instruments and Institutions by Tom Campbell, Jeffrey Denys Goldsworthy, Adrienne Sarah Ackary Stone

But concomitant with the decision to entrench is a decision to ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Military and Naval Quotations (2014)

by Robert Heinl, Jr.

Jomini: Précisde l'Art dela Guerre,1838 Entrench, entrench, entrench...

Google previewFowler's Concise Dictionary of Modern English Usage (2016)

by Jeremy Butterfield

entrench,. meaning 'to establish firmly', is spelt en, not in.envelop, envelope. Envelop (with stress on the second syllable) is the form for the verb, meaning 'to wrap up, surround, etc.', and it inflects envelops, enveloped, enveloping. Envelope ...

Google previewThe Pocket Oxford Dictionary and Thesaurus (2006)

by Elizabeth Jewell

en*trench /entrench, in-/ v. 1 tr. establish firmly (in a position, office, etc.). 2 imr. [ foil. by upon] encroach; trespass. 00 en-trench' ment n. m 1 fix, root, embed, plant, set. 2 intrude, make inroads; (entrench upon) invade, infringe. en-tre-pre-neur ...

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of Original Shakespearean Pronunciation (2016)

by David Crystal

intreats*/ intreating' /entreated", intreated" rh fretS \/Д 73 entreatment / ~s n entretmonts, -retsp entreatments entreaty l -ies n entreto, -ret-/ -z spentreatie", entreaty", intreatie", intreaty“ /entreaties", intreaties" entrench / ~ed y = sp entrench'd', ...

Google previewEnglish-Spoken Khmer Dictionary (2012)

by Keesee,

(NB: to dig a foxhole or "entrench" is “trang'say ”, derived from the French word for "entrench"); burough for an animal ~ pra'hou' ng; roong fourth adj. ti buon France n. sruk Ba'raang free adj. not occupied, not ...

Google previewThe Oxford Desk Dictionary and Thesaurus (2002)

by Elizabeth Jewell

intrude, make inroads; (entrench upon) invade, infringe. en'tre'pre'neur ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Conservative and Libertarian Thought (Routledge Revivals) (2012)

by Nigel Ashford, Stephen Davies

first for its collectivist emphasis, second for assuming a false harmony of interests between the members of various groups, but mainly because a corporatist system will entrench established interests, so inhibiting change and development, ...

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Quotes about Entrench

With this realization, came a growing need for men and women willing to take up arms in an effort to protect our American way of life and the freedoms so many of our ancestors died to entrench. (Jim Walsh)
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Scrabble value of E1N1T1R1E1N1C3H4

The value of this 8-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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