Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To provide with a trench, especially for the purpose of fortifying or defending.
  • transitive v. To fix firmly or securely: "Today managed care plans are entrenched in the economy, enrolling 61 percent of the population” ( Peter T. Kilborn).
  • intransitive v. To dig or occupy a trench.
  • intransitive v. To encroach, infringe, or trespass.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To dig or excavate a trench; to trench.
  • v. To surround or provide with a trench, especially for defense; to dig in.
  • v. To establish a substantial position in business, politics, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To surround with a trench or with intrenchments, as in fortification; to fortify with a ditch and parapet. Same as intrench.
  • transitive v. to establish in a position from which dislodgement is difficult; to place firmly in a strong position.
  • transitive v. To cut in; to furrow; to make trenches in or upon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See intrench, intrenchment.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. occupy a trench or secured area
  • v. impinge or infringe upon
  • v. fix firmly or securely

Etymologies

Mid-16th century. en- +‎ trench (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Even worse, it often does not manifest until the virus has had time to "entrench" itself in the body, making anti-viral drugs somewhat less effective.

    Serendip's Exchange -

  • This, officials say repeatedly, would only "entrench" the division between Gaza and the West Bank and as such leave the former for Egypt to worry about on its eastern borders.

    Al-Ahram Weekly Online

  • The party wants to change the rules to "entrench" the seats, meaning 75 per cent of MPs would have to agree if they were to be abolished.

    The Canberra Times

  • And the decision of the PA to go to the United Nations to seek recognition of a Palestinian state is likely to make matters worse, leading both sides to further entrench themselves into long-time, hardened positions that could potentially lead to a renewed cycle of wide-spread violence.

    Alon Ben-Meir: The Palestinians' Uncharted March to the UN

  • They would continue the Middle East wars, pursue drone attacks across the globe, expand and entrench the surveillance state, pander to the failed bankers of Wall Street, coddle Too Big To Fail financial institutions, run cover for gigantic and irresponsible polluters such as BP, pass unpopular and detrimental trade legislation, or continue to neglect the environment and the unemployed.

    Robert E. Prasch: President Obama's Speech and the Unemployed: Why Now?

  • Investors long have argued that dual shares and their supervoting power entrench management, sometimes for the worse.

    The Two-Edged Sword of Dual-Class Shares

  • PERTH— Fortescue Metals Group Ltd. is considering a listing in Hong Kong or Shanghai to entrench ties with Chinese steel mills, the major buyers of its Australian iron ore, Chief Executive Andrew Forrest said Tuesday.

    Fortescue Eyes Hong Kong, Shanghai IPO

  • Meanwhile, Gadhafi continues to fly in mercenaries, entrench his security forces around Tripoli and, in fiery televised speeches, threaten to fight to the end.

    Libya's Moammar Gadhafi under threat as never before

  • As the Culture Wars and the ever-spiraling prices of blue-chip art entrench the Professional Left of universities and journalism against the Corporate Sponsorship of Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, and Pop Art, the three art movements become identified with mainstream patronage.

    G. Roger Denson: Political Art Timeline, 1945-1966: Postwar Art of the Left

  • What he did was to entrench the grip of loan sharks who are feeding off of working families.

    Consumer groups hit Saslaw over car title lending

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