Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To ingrain.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Alternative spelling of ingrain.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To dye in grain, or of a fast color. See ingrain.
  • transitive v. To incorporate with the grain or texture of anything; to infuse deeply. See Ingrain.
  • transitive v. To color in imitation of the grain of wood; to grain. See Grain, v. t., 1.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See ingrain, ingrainer.

Etymologies

Middle English engreinen, to dye with cochineal or kermes, from Old French engrainer : en-, causative pref.; see en-1 + graine, grain; see grain.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The dem solution is to put stronghanded regulations on the financial community and engrain the government in the minutia of the system so that in times of potential trouble, they can swoop in like faux-superman and 'save the world '– or when they need political points.

    Obama touts financial reform, says GOP stance 'deceptive'

  • A national campaign to engrain the three Cs -- cyberethics, cybersafety and cybersecurity -- into the subconscious of K-12 students is being readied by the National Cyber Security Alliance.

    Teaching kids to stay cyber-safe

  • Writers took all year to fully engrain those characters into the show and develop the way the dynamic has changed, but now the show is really able to dig into the good stuff.

    Hulu.com: The Top 10 TV Comedies of 2011

  • But slowly building the Peace Corps to the peak it reached when I served in the slums of Bombay in the late 60's does not answer the world's pressing needs, show the world an American response which matches their needs, or engrain a character of service that produces healthy domestic and international public policies.

    Open Letter to General Contractor Barack Obama

  • Society needs to do absolutely EVERYTHING it can to discourage any image of “acceptance” with such things that may engrain themselves in the younger minds.

    Apple ‘Shake the Baby’ game

  • Neither talk offered a strategy that would engrain into our character a better public policy.

    Winning strategy for Scott Ritter, Sun Tzu, and our Constitutional goal of promoting the general welfare

  • (A further demonstration of the larger, obsequious mechanisms at work to engrain the official version.)

    911, an esoteric collection

  • We need a new 21st century army to address needs, stem climate change, spread appropriate technology -- and to engrain service and community building into America's character -- so that tomorrow we'll be too smart to follow simplistic and costly public policies.

    Fresh President and Congress need calloused hands of Americans

  • As a divorced dad raising two kids the last thing I want to do is engrain in them the notion of an evil stepmother.

    Trey Ellis: In Defense of Princesses

  • At the same time that civic educators seek to impart skills, knowledge, and participatory virtues, they also seek to engrain in society's youth a felt connection to, if not an identity with, that country or society.

    Civic Education

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