verb (used with object)

  1. to place in a position of strength; establish firmly or solidly: safely entrenched behind undeniable facts.
  2. to dig trenches for defensive purposes around (oneself, a military position, etc.).

verb (used without object)

  1. to encroach; trespass; infringe (usually followed by on or upon): to entrench on the domain or rights of another.


  1. (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

1550s, implied in intrenched, from en- (1) “make, put in” + trench. Figurative use is from 1590s. Related: Entrenched; entrenching.

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